Dr. Eric Rickin, a psychiatrist who lives in nearby Fox Chapel, displayed a custom-made sign in his yard that declares, “Trump Likes Hunt’s Ketchup,” a competitor to the Pittsburgh-based Heinz brand. Another says, “Trump Moved My Parking Chair,” a reference to the practice of using chairs to save on-street parking spaces.
Rickin displayed the signs ahead of an evening visit by the Republican front-runner to tape a Fox News television appearance at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, near the University of Pittsburgh campus, followed by a rally at the city’s convention center.
“In Pittsburgh, what defines you as a person and a place is how people feel about their food,” Julier said. “Mixing local food loyalty with questioning whether a politician would support it is a cool way of bringing people together.”
Trisha Cunningham, a volunteer at Trump’s campaign office in nearby Monroeville, said she “really got a kick out of the signs,” which she called “funny” and “comical.”
“I find it absurd that someone would use ‘absurd’ to fight ‘absurd,'” she said.