Carolina Panthers fans out tailgating Monday night may have noticed an unusual sight in the sky Monday night before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A plane zipped through the clear blue sky over Bank of America Stadium and uptown Charlotte with a message slamming Donald Trump and encouraging fans to vote against the Republican presidential nominee in November.
The banner read: “Trump assaults women. Outraged? Vote.” Commissioned by a national women’s advocacy organization called UltraViolet Action, the plane flew over the stadium and around uptown Charlotte from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The flyover comes days after a 2005 video surfaced of Trump bragging about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women who were not his wife on recordings obtained by The Washington Post and NBC News. The revelation prompted the presidential candidate to issue a rare apology Friday.
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“Donald Trump is a dangerous, predatory misogynist and the living embodiment of rape culture –asserting he has the right to assault women because he’s famous and a celebrity,” said Shaunna Thomas, a co-founder of UltraViolet Action, in a statement.
“While these comments aren’t surprising from a man who has built his life off denigrating women, they are further proof that he is wholly unqualified to be President and should never be allowed to step foot in the White House.”
Over the weekend, the organization released a 30-second TV spot in swing states that slams Trump for his statements about women.
In the second presidential debate Sunday night, Trump again offered an apology for his remarks.
“This was locker room talk,” Trump said, adding that he was not proud of what he had said and that he had already apologized to his family and the country. “I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”
The flyover came on the same day that Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, held a rally in Charlotte. Also on Monday, a “Trump for Women” bus rolled into Charlotte to support the candidate.
The New York Times contributed.