Business owner’s controversial political sign opposing Biden-Harris spurs online dispute

HOLLAND, MI — A dispute between a Hudsonville business owner and a Holland-area resident over a controversial political sign is gaining attention in West Michigan.

Marla Drost, 73, who lives north of Holland, said she was recently pursuing the anti-President Donald Trump Facebook page Nasty Women of Michigan when she noticed a picture of an anti-Joe Biden political sign.

The sign, planted in the yard of Hudsonville business owner Douglas Smith, said, “Joe & the Ho: Vote No 2020.

Drost told MLive she was upset when she saw the picture because the sign is demeaning to Biden and his vice-presidential running mate, Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris.

Frustration with the sign prompted Drost to send a Facebook message to Smith’s business, Smitty’s Truck Wash, that stated: “Despise your political sign! Hope you lose business because of it!”

She then received an expletive filled reply stating, “Go **** yourself **** we won’t lose business over it us Republicans work no like you worthless **** liberals.” Drost provided MLive with a screen shot of the online exchange.

Smith, 54, who lives in Holland, could not be reached for comment. A representative who answered the phone at Smith’s Truck Wash said he was not working today. No one answered when an MLive reporter knocked on the door of his Holland home.

The offensive yard sign that was captured on Facebook had since been moved to one of the home’s second-story windows.

The dispute between Drost and Smith was first reported by The Holland Sentinel. Smith told The Sentinel that he had placed the sign in his home’s yard. However, he said his company was not responsible for the Facebook messages with Drost.

“That wasn’t my business Facebook page,” he told The Sentinel. “I don’t use my business Facebook page. You don’t understand. We are tied to the Nasty Women of Michigan and they don’t have a clue what’s going on. We see everything they’re saying.”

The Facebook page for Smitty’s Truck Wash has since been deactivated.

Drost said she was “taken aback” when she saw the Facebook reply.

“I just think there’s a lot of meanness coming out of people this election season, and I don’t think it’s good,” she said.

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