A self-called “Real Indian” who is running against Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is suing the city of Cambridge who is demanding he takes his signs down. The sign calls Warren a “fake Indian.”
The independent upstart challenger, Shiva Ayyaduai, on Sunday filed a federal lawsuit claiming the city is violating his First Amendment rights. The sign which is on his campaign bus the city is requesting be taken down says “Only A REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian.”
The bus has been parking in a lot owned by Ayyadurai, who faces a daunting task to try and remove the incumbent. Fox News reports:
Earlier this month, the campaign received a notice from Cambridge building inspector Branden Vigneault that the signs lacked the appropriate “approvals and permits,” according to local reports and the Ayyadurai campaign.
Vigneault threatened fines of $300 per day plus additional legal penalties if the signs remain in place, according to Ayyadurai.
“We will not remove the slogan from our bus,” Ayyadurai told The Washington Times. “We will defend the First Amendment, and we will fight this egregious attack on the First Amendment, at any cost.”
Ayyadurai’s campaign reportedly thinks the building code doesn’t apply to the signs because they’re on a bus, not a structure.
Warren has long been accused of saying she is of Native American heritage to help in securing jobs, including one as a Harvard law professor.
Warren has been called on by left-wing groups and Cherokee genealogist to take a test and get the controversy behind her, but Warren refuses.
Warren has become an object of ridicule of President Trump who calls her “Pocahontas.”