University of Montana (UM) students used the “M” that is written on the side of Mount Sentinal in Missoula to spell the word “IMPEACH” ahead of President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s visit on Thursday night.
A group of sophomores who are not affiliated with any political groups hadn't finished the display before school administrators ordered them to take it down, KPAX News reported.
The friends said they wanted to send a message, so they used the letter “M” representing the university that is cemented on the side of the mountain.
After rolling out a Red, White, and Blue "LIAR" on the opposite mountain ahead of a Trump rally, the UM "M" has now been turned into "iMPEACH" #mtpol #missoula, #mt #liar #impeach pic.twitter.com/l7ZTEBAdBd— David Gilder (@davidgilder) October 18, 2018
Cathy Cole, UM's vice president of enrollment and strategic planning, told the station that the school’s removal of the sign was not motivated by politics.
“Not that we don’t support freedom of speech — because of course, we do. But we do have policies that prohibit anyone from posting on live vegetation on campus,” Cole said.
“And anyone putting up anything that is of a display nature they have to get a permit for and the students didn’t have that. So there’s a lot of liability that goes with that and we just want to make sure that everybody is safe,” Cole added.
The students told the outlet they they had researched the laws about putting up the display on Mount Sentinal, which is technically public works, before putting up the signs.
The university owns more than 600 acres on the front of the mountain so people must follow their policies, the outlet noted.
The “IMPEACH” display is one of two anti-Trump displays that went up ahead of the president's campaign rally.
Protesters spelled the word “LIAR” on the side of Mount Jumbo, using the “L” that represents Loyola Sacred Heart Catholic High School.
Maggie Williams and Betty Tschudi organized the protest and told The Missoulian newspaper that about 50 volunteers signed up for shifts to sit near the display throughout the day.
Just one of the messages to Trump as he flew into Missoula.— Ms. Truthiness (@MsTruthiness) October 19, 2018
Our hills also said to him
“Impeach” behind UM and
Dump Trump on the hill next to a garbage dump.
Missoula Resists Bigly pic.twitter.com/1lHFfXjpU0