Supporters Rally Behind Haverhill Man Under Fire For Trump Lawn Signs

HAVERHILL (CBS) — On Saturday morning in Haverhill, horns were blaring and engines were revving as residents rallied behind homeowner Rick Early, who has put up more Donald Trump signs than the city allows. Early, along with many of his friends, are standing their ground.

“It’s just a show of support. A lot of people want to support what we are doing and don’t like what the city is doing,” Early said.

The city has an ordinance prohibiting political signs that total more than 32 square feet of space. Early’s signs add up to more than 300 square feet.

“It’s way in excess of what’s allowed, and that’s all he’s been cited for is that he’s over the signage allowed by the city ordinance,” City Building Inspector Dick Osborne said.

Police say Mr. Early has a right to assemble in front of his home, though many neighbors were not happy about the rally. Many of the supporters that showed up said they were not there for Trump, but to support Early’s First Amendment Rights.

“I’m upset by the disturbance in the neighborhood. They’ve been honking like this since 8 a.m.,” one neighbor said.

“I am not decided yet, but he’s been getting pushed around for exceeding the square foot limit. I don’t see where this isn’t anything but his free speech,” neighbor Paul Fitzmeyer said.

Early put up the signs in January. Saturday, he experienced both support and disdain for his display. He said no matter the reaction, he will stand his ground for his candidate.

“He speaks to the average voter. He’s not your average politician. He’s a business man and I think that’s what we need in the White House,” Early said.

Early said he has not faced any fines yet, but if he does, he said he will take legal action.

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  1. Donald J Charity Thief says:

    What a dumb Chode

    1. Neuro Mancer says:

      What a pig ignorant comment.

      1. Mark Matis says:

        What a chimp-sucking POS.

    2. Conan The Republican says:

      It’s “choad,” ya nymphomaniac.

    3. Straight shooting peeps out there.

      Trump will win this election easily.

      1. David Moore says:

        I Hope you’re right, Harry… I really do!

  2. FF Von Clownstick says:

    Bizarre. Just bizarre.

    You can dress them up and put them in a nice neighborhood, but …

  3. Century 22 says:

    Careful, Haverhill, all that white trash is going to hurt your property values.

    1. Mike Campbell says:

      Not unless Black Lives Matter thugs move in…..

  4. hammerhead says:

    good job, wish i had known about this beforehand! of course you’ll get a lot of anti comments as the HEAD IN THE SAND LIBS have a lot of free time on their hands, i mean its not like they’ll actually spend the time to look up the truth about their candidate, they’re just happy taking in all the filtered,censored info from the bias liberal press

    1. That’s the best part Hammerhead. Liberals like to think they are the smartest guy/gal in the room when, in reality, they are nothing but ignorant fools parroting media propaganda haha.

      1. The problem with liberals, such as Obama or Hillary, is that they are used to being the smartest in the room (In their case this is very debatable). Their problem is that you might be the smarter than anyone, but they are not smarter than everyone. Ask any corrections officer about the combined intelligence of a bunch of dumb crooks.
        We the people are pretty smart, it is time for the left to recognize this. We don’t need to buy a bunch of votes off of a group of demonstrably unintelligent people either.

  5. TMW says:

    “It’s way in access that’s allowed.” Do you guys have editors?

    1. Winston Bela says:

      Sign of a liberal education that consists of an Excess of advocacy and a dearth of basic knowledge.

  6. Deplorable Infidel says:

    He has more Trump signs in 1 yard than there are Hillary signs in the rest of the state!

  7. TT says:

    In the Soviet State of Massachusetts the peasants do what they are told. Being a progressive means not thinking for yourself, but doing the bidding of your masters. The anti comments are coming from those brainwashed by schools and the media. Even a Harvard degree no longer means a person is educated. Enjoy you life Massachusetts slaves.

  8. Dan Fleming says:

    Well, at least Clinton doesn’t have to worry about scenes like this. I’ve seen hundreds of Trump/Pence signs here in PA, and NOT ONE Clinton/Kane sign!

  9. Trump will get fat dweebs like that city official OUT OF OUR LIVES.

  10. “It’s way in access that’s allowed. Yur engamulish neads wurk…you water head libtard scribe.

    1. NoMasIlegales says:

      Hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. Thanks, I needed that on a Monday morning.

  11. Sam Adams' Ghost says:

    Maybe those city bureaucrats should be tarred and feathered, in true Boston tradition. Then drown them in molasses if they don’t admit the error of their ways.

  12. redruffansore says:

    KKKlinton is dead. ObamaFail built it, the screeching soulless Killary ensured it. Trump 2016.

  13. Mike Jefferson says:

    What stupid liberals don’t understand is these types assaults on everyday peoples’ freedoms is what is driving the Trump Train!

  14. Neuro Mancer says:

    THIS is why Trump is going to win in a landslide.

  15. Wes says:

    The one and most important part of this is that if this would have been Hillary signs this archaic law would never have been found or brought up. This is just more liberal bias and turning government into taking sides when they should be non partisan. But the government like the IRS, FBI, EPA, Supreme Court and justice department have all become political instead of doing what they were meant or hired to do.

  16. stonedome says:

    “Although many of the supporters are not here for Trump, but to support his First Amendment Rights.” yeah, what a crock…they’re all trump supporters. democrats voting for hillary don’t care about the constitution

  17. Golden Rudy says:

    Strange that MA is where it all began. The fight for freedom that is, 19 April 1775. And it started with privately owned firearms which MA’s government now wants to take away from the citizenry.

  18. Chris Long says:

    “It’s way in ACCESS of what’s allowed…” ?

    Go to school much, did we ?

  19. False Hope says:

    Time to take our country back, vote Trump…

  20. connie says:

    TRUMP will find out about this & invite him to STUMP for TRUMP!

  21. connie says:

    IN my libnut neighborhood on the mainline in PA I had to endure looking at a giant Obama POSTER on my neighbors front door for a year, two “war is not the answer” yards signs for seven years & there are some who STILL have “Kerry/Edwards” bumper stickers! Idiots.

  22. ounceoflogic says:

    Regardless of which candidate you prefer, there has NEVER been a clearer choice. Anyone who has “not decided” in this election should have his/her right to vote revoked.

  23. Tim Lucas says:

    I did not know that your rights must fit within 300′ square feet. Are we to assume all of our rights are measured by those that aim to control us?

  24. gunnyginalaska says:

    What the HELL happened to the “cradle of Liberty?” It has turned into a Liberal fascist nightmare!

  25. Tooth says:

    Notice how they say in the article that these are all his “friends” and not actual Trump supporters. No, this was driven by social media. People that didn’t know Mr. Early were there too and they are indeed Trump supporters! Just like me. Wish I could have attended as well.

  26. stonetear says:

    “Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out the negative, racist, sexist, deploooooreable reader comments about a certain VIP (VERY VIP) on a news website. Basically, I don’t want any comments about the VIP’s flagging popularity exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace all the nasty, deploooorable things they say about her.

    How would I go about this?

  27. H. Nelson says:

    What do you expect when you live behind enemy lines? Vote with your feet and move out of the communist state.

  28. I’ll reserve judgement on this one until I see if someone with large numbers of Monica Lewinsky’s Boyfriend’s Wife 2016 signs is also harassed.

  29. Jim Greaves says:

    “[They have] erected a multitude of new [ordinances] and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people” [adapted from the unanimous declaration of independence of the 13 united States of America, 1776]. Too many busy-bodies with nothing better to do than band together to tell other people what to do. That is the essence of mob rule.

    1. Some Guy says:

      You were given a republic and couldn’t keep it. Now enjoy your democracy chump, good and hard.

  30. Paul King says:

    Congratulations to these people.

  31. Anyone supporting Hillary is anti-American!!!! 1. She wants open borders 2. She wants amnesty for illegals 3. She wants immigration of thousands of Mid Eastern refugees 4. If you are against her you are Islamophobic , racist and deplorable!!!

  32. Pipsqueak politicians biting off WAY more than they can chew. Political speech is THE MOST constitutionally protected speech. This figures to cost the idiot taxpayers who elected these bozos a lot. Fortunately the local police seem to have the common sense to not try to enforce this unconstitutional nonsense. It might get ugly if someone felt the need to demonstrate their first amendment rights by utilizing their SECOND amendment rights.

  33. Susan says:

    You know what Bill Clinton says to Hillary after sex? “I’ll be home in an hour”.

    Bill always chose someone other than Hillary.
    Shouldn’t you?

  34. hammerhead says:

    folks just make sure you register to vote times running out, just go to the link below you can do it on-line

    https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/

    if you don’t vote then don’t complain later!

  35. ““It’s way in excess of what’s allowed” “of what’s allowed” “allowed”

    Yeah thats the problem right there,

  36. blenderrecipes says:

    At least this guy will take his signs down after the election unlike the signs politicians plant all over town and forget about.

  37. James McGill, ESQ says:

    I have a feeling if this guy had a 100′ long sign that said BLACK LIVES MATTER or “I LOVE KAPERNICK the city wouldn’t have cared. But he dares to have a few Trump signs and it’s the end of the world.

  38. HarveyMushman says:

    I live in a Extra-Liberal area of Los Angeles…….every idiot and their brother had obama signs and bumper stickers for the two previous elections but I have only seen very few of the most rabid liberals putting up hillary signs/bumper stickers…

  39. Gene Smith says:

    Any city that tries to “allow” or “disallow” should be burned to the ground. Oh wait – that is a black thing, isn’t it? I guess rubbing the city officials faces in the news and having a huge, peaceful rally is the right revenge.

  40. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into White countries.

    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  41. Patrick Henry says:

    Apparently the city is not aware of that pesky little thing called the “First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America,” which quite clearly outlines prohibitions on free speech, and the exercise thereof.

    It can rightly be argued that free political speech is the one specific thing the Founders did, precisely, have in mind in terms of this protection.

  42. TXGunner1 says:

    Of come on, follow the ordinance and take down all the excess signs. I don’t care who they are supporting, it is THE LAW!

  43. Mike mazz says:

    he speaks to the average voter LOL Donald Trump speaks to the average voter. OMG that is priceless. The stupid voter maybe. at what point in his life did he start caring about the average voter/ is it the long line of small business owners that he didnt pay for work done?

  44. Someone needs to lecture these little city dictators on the First Amendment.

  45. “Early put up the signs in January. ”
    It took the city’s super nannies nine(9) months to “discover” this problem?

  46. Pail Janson says:

    Massachusetts and it’s silly lefty rules. It wasn’t too long ago when one town council outlawed leaf blowers because they were too noisy.

  47. Brave man! Trump-haters at Trump rallys proved themselves to be such thugs, I’d be afraid of getting my car keyed or my house set on fire if I put out a Trump sign or bumper sticker.

  48. Tjp says:

    It is the epitome of political speech which is generally found to be exempt from restrictions on speech. How can it be constitutional to restrict one’s political speech in any form?

  49. independent_thinker says:

    Wait, so Trump supporters tend to get upset over illegality – disobedience to the law – yet they support a person blatantly violating a city ordinance. Did I get this right?

  50. Trader Ron says:

    If the bullies at city hall continue to harass this man he needs to contact the Institute for Justice, They have been successful in pushing back against political hacks. The Institute for Justice has an extensive and succesful record of protecting property rights and free speech.

  51. willis forster says:

    Had they ignored him despite the signage legal limitation, he would not have gotten such widespread publicity. It is a plain and simple restriction on his first amendment rights.

  52. Sal says:

    This is an amusing side show. It does indicate that Trump’s campaign has the energy. I don’t live in New England but have seen almost no Hillary signs or bumper stickers in my swing state.
    Trump signs are everywhere similar to the Obama signs 4 and 8 years ago. Anecdotal but
    interesting.

  53. It only took 100 years for the women’s vote to bring us to this point. I wonder what the next 100 years of over the top emotion driven schlock will get us.

  54. Esoteric Jahanist says:

    It would be one thing if they were giving Seizure Granny’s supporters a pass for doing the same thing, but the article is silent on that matter. If he’s violating the law, then he’s violating the law. Trump supporters have plenty of examples to choose from where they are being treated unfairly (such as being attacked outside of their rallies/events). This isn’t one of them.

  55. Dan says:

    Are you kidding me? There’s actually someone east of the Hudson River that thinks for himself? Is he so crazy that he’d rather work hard and take pride in receiving a paycheck rather than sitting on his butt and drinking beer bought with his Obama EBT card? Next he’ll be asking for school choice for his children instead of the public school government brainwashing they’re currently being provided.

  56. rickburgoon says:

    So the jamochs can ruin the NFL for publciity…but this guy cant show his support for his beliefs

  57. Sam G says:

    If the City sends him fines, lots of Americans would happily contribute to them, myself included, as Hillary Pinocchio Clinton is not fit to be America’s Commander in Chief.

    While I agree, the Donald has a big mouth, I trust him a whole lot more than Pinocchio Clinton, as a retired Veteran, when I see her ads depicting herself of a champions of Veterans, it makes me sick. I do not know a single veteran, either active duty nor retired that will be voting for her.

    When Benghazi happens, she simply went back to bed and then tried very hard to delete the e-mails showing her negligence, luckily for us, Russian hackers showed Americans the truth. Normally I hate hackers, but they did America a solid with uncovering Pinocchio Clinton’s treachery.

  58. Mobetta Jenkum says:

    Blue states acting like Blue states again… Lie, lie, lie, take a 5 minute break to be a hypocrite, and then lie, lie, lie, and then take a 5 minute break to censor everyone else’s speech, then lie lie lie…

  59. and yet these same asshats let the black matters racist terrorist loot ,block traffic and attack whites randomly in streets——- Trump 2016

  60. when has the goverment ,any goverment gone after the black lives matter terrorist when they publicly all for the deaths of the police,in ublic and on tape, which is actually a serious crime, in most jurisdictions

  61. Michael Jobe says:

    Oh great, another clown who thinks public laws don’t apply to him. He must be special.

    1. Frank Licata says:

      The city ordinance VIOLATES many federal laws under the FEC rules and also violates the constitution’s 1st amendment, which is why the city is being sued.

  62. Frank Licata says:

    I was there in Haverhill on Saturday. The CBS reporter LIED, the neighbors were VERY supportive and not at all “ticked off” as he falsely reported. When we watch CBS we see BS.

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