Immediately after a submission by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, the liberal haven of San Francisco decided to pull all political or “cause-related” ads from public transit.
“This action is emblematic of the left: silence your opponents, like all totalitarians do,” Geller said. “Here is where the euphemistically named ‘free speech movement’ has taken us — oppression and tyranny. This is an outrageous violation of our First Amendment rights.”
Here’s the ad the AFDI submitted to the city:
“The ad merely calls for support of Trump’s immigration ban and runs the names of refugees into the US who have been convicted of Islamic terror, and we intend to run it in sanctuary cities across America where free speech has not yet been banned,” Geller added. “Sadly, this is an ever an increasingly small number — New York, Washington DC, Boston, Miami, Chicago have all banned ‘political’ and ‘cause-related’ advertising.”
San Fran Mayor Ed Lee said, “I think they can be very hurtful to lots of people. I’ve seen some of the graphics, and I shake my head.”
That includes messages that have appeared before, like, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”
Now, the city policy is to ban these types of ads, because who cares what the Constitution says.
Watch the local coverage above.