Bar’s pro-Trump ‘grab them’ sign stirs controversy in northwest Indiana

GRIFFITH, Ind. – A sign featuring a controversial quote from Donald Trump has gotten plenty of attention at a bar in northwest Indiana.

Griffith Town Tap Bar changed the sign to reflect comments Trump made on tape in 2005. The recordings were released more than a week ago, igniting a controversy for the Trump campaign. The bar’s sign said, “Vote Trump. Grab them by the *****,” according to WMAQ.

Town council president Rick Ryfa requested that the bar change the sign; the bar complied and changed it to say “$1.00 pint.”

4 Fast Facts

  • Sign at northwest Indiana bar stokes controversy
  • The sign includes a controversial quote from Donald Trump
  • The town council president requested that the business change the sign
  • An online petition began circulating in protest

One resident started an online petition to shut the bar down over the controversy. The petition has gained more than 2,800 signatures so far.

“We should not have to be embarrassed of the area we live in,” wrote Emily Hobson, who started the petition. Hobson, who described herself as a victim of sexual assault, said she was “extremely offended” and hoped others would rally against the sign.

Ryfa told WMAQ that the town was reviewing state and local law with town lawyers to see if the sign violated any codes. The town council is expected to release findings of that review at a meeting on Tuesday night.

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