A new billboard on I-94 in Michigan has been confusing drivers who don't speak Arabic — and making those who do laugh — since last weekend.
The roadside sign was posted in Dearborn, home to the most Arab-American residents per capita of any city in the United States.
<p>Translated, it reads: "Donald Trump can't read this, but he's scared of it."</p><h2>The Nuisance Committee, a political action committee founded by Max Temkin, a co-creator of the game Cards Against Humanity, is responsible for the billboard and its message.</h2><p>The sign directs people to a website that tracks Trump's major statements about Muslims and Muslim-Americans from <a href="http://www.trumpisscared.org/" target="_blank">the beginning of his campaign through present</a>. </p><p>"We knew that Trump's rhetoric is based on fear not on reality, and we wanted to have something that would poke at how irrational his anti-immigrant fear is," said Kitty Kurth, a spokesperson for the Nuisance Committee.</p><h2>Attacks against Muslim-Americans have risen significantly since the start of last year. </h2><p>According to data compiled by researchers at California State University, San Bernardino — first reported in the New York Times — <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/us/politics/hate-crimes-american-muslims-rise.html" target="_blank">anti-Muslim and specifically anti-Arab hate crimes spiked 78% in 2015</a> to the highest level since Sept. 11, 2001. </p><p>In December, a Trump campaign press release <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/07/politics/donald-trump-muslim-ban-immigration/" target="_blank">called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States</a>."</p><h2>The committee hopes the billboard — along with two others in <a href="http://trumpdoesntpaytaxes.com/" target="_blank">Illinois</a> and <a href="http://www.trumpisnotateamplayer.com/" target="_blank">Florida</a> — helps persuade swing-state voters who are turned off by Trump's "racism and xenophobia" to mobilize against him. </h2><p>"Throughout our history as a nation, we have been built into a strong nation by the contribution of immigrants, but at the same time, many of our people have had fear of the other and fear of the unknown," Kurth said.</p><p>A press release from the PAC encourages non-Arabic speakers who encounter the sign to "ask a friend what it says."</p>
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