Maine Woman Won't Take Down Trump Signs; Says She'll 'Sit in Jail'
Photo — Stephen Betts/The Courier Gazette
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs.
Susan Reitman's signs on the fence outside her home say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get over it." But according to Rockland Assistant Code Enforcement Officer, William Butler, the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger than the town allows. Reitman has been instructed to remove the signs or she could be fined between $100 or more per day.
According to The Courier Gazette in Rockland, Butler, in an email to Reitman, said it has nothing to do with the political nature of the signs.
“I admire your passion for our president. Truly, I do. However, we have received a complaint, and I have to do my due diligence and I have determined your signs are not in compliance with the Rockland Code.
“It is your business what you put on the signs. It is the city’s business regarding the size and number of signs.”
But Reitman, 75, told New England Cable News (NECN) that her free speech rights are more important than the ordinance. She says she has no intention of removing her signs.
She told NECN, "If I have to sit in jail for the rest of eternity, that's my choice."
Reitman said she also will refuse to pay any fine, according to the Courier Gazette.
“I have the right to support our president. This is about freedom of speech,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.