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North Carolina gun shop puts up '4 Horsemen' billboard to slam progressive congresswomen

North Carolina gun shop puts up '4 Horsemen' billboard to slam progressive congresswomen
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A gun shop in western North Carolina is facing backlash for using a billboard to insult "the Squad," four progressive minority congresswomen, as "idiots," calling them the "four horsemen" of the apocalypse.

The sign, an advertisement for Cherokee Guns in Murphy, about 240 miles from Charlotte, pictures freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants MORE (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness MORE (Mass.). 

“Signed, the Deplorables," it says.

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The display was criticized Monday by the nonprofit group Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), which called it “disgusting anti-government violent rhetoric," The Charlotte Observer first reported.

“Threats against members of Congress, particularly minority members are [rising] and it is driven by the president’s racial rhetoric,” CSGV wrote in a Facebook post. “This is dangerous!”

The gun shop doubled down and defended billboard on Facebook, saying that they will also be releasing bumper stickers featuring the congresswomen, two of whom are Muslim and one who is a former refugee.

“Simple...eat a piece of bacon...tell us you're voting for Trump in 2020...then get your limited edition bumper sticker,” Cherokee Guns wrote.

When contacted by a reporter for McClatchy, an employee at the gun shop said they were given instructions on what to do should any “threatening liberals” come through the door.

“Show them the door, or your gun, and tell them they can buy their own billboard and pay for it like I did,” the staff member reportedly said.

The billboard comes after the Squad was repeatedly attacked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE earlier this month.

Trump sparked an uproar by tweeting for the House Democrats — all of who are U.S. citizens — to "go back" to the "crime infested places" they came from before speaking out about U.S. policies. Omar is the only one of the four born outside the U.S.  

The remarks, as well as a "send her back" chant targeting Omar at a Trump rally in North Carolina, sparked widespread outrage from Democratic — and a few Republican — lawmakers.

The House last week voted to condemn Trump's tweets as racist

GOP Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) appears to have been the first one to call the progressive congresswomen “the four horsewomen of the Apocalypse.”

“The simple fact of the matter is, the four congresswomen think that America was wicked in its origins. They think that America and its people are even more wicked now, that we are all racist and misogynistic and evil,” Kennedy said. 

He added: “They’re entitled to their opinion. They’re Americans. But I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they’re left-wing cracks, and they’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle. I think we should ignore them.”

The Hill has reached out to the lawmakers’ offices. A representative for Ocasio-Cortez declined to comment.