Anti-Trump Skywriting: Skies Above 2016 Rose Parade Declare 'Trump Is Disgusting,' 'Anybody But Trump'

Scott Hough

The 127th Rose Parade was held in Pasadena, California yesterday, and, as usual, spectators were treated to a lengthy show of immaculately designed and prepared floats. This year, however, those in attendance at the Rose Parade got a little more than they might have been expecting when a skywriting company began writing anti-Trump messages in huge block letters above the parade, as reported by Reuters.

"America is great! Trump is disgusting. Anybody but Trump, U.S.," the anti-Trump skywriting was quoted. Donald Trump's campaign has reportedly declined the opportunity to comment on the Rose Parade skywriting.

AirSign Aerial Advertising has claimed responsibility for the anti-Trump skywriting, with some commenters on the company's Facebook page suggesting that the entire gesture was more aimed at gaining publicity that espousing any particular political view. It turns out that while it does appear that AirSign did complete the actual skywriting, it also seems that they were commissioned to do so by an Atlanta businessman.

"Way to keep it professional," Thomas Wheeler wrote in review on AirSign Aerial Advertising's Facebook page. "You will loose a lot of business because or your lack of professionalism."

The skywriting company's last post before the stunt garnered 2 likes and 1 comment. A subsequent status update generated over 1,000 likes and over 500 shares and comments.

The Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Sugar Bowl were said to be other venues where Pate has unfurled his skywriting aimed at Donald Trump. Pate reportedly contributed to the Marco Rubio 2016 presidential campaign.

Good morning Pasadena, we have a surprise for you! Be sure to look up starting at 8:30am. #AnybodyButTrump #digitalskywriting #RoseParade

Posted by AirSign Aerial Advertising on Friday, January 1, 2016

Posted by AirSign Aerial Advertising on Friday, January 1, 2016

The Rose Parade is said to require 80,000 hours of work on the part of the 935 members of the volunteer-driven Tournament of Roses Association, according to the group's website. The parade route is 5.5 miles long and is said to draw close to 500,000 spectators each year.

Stanford Beat Iowa in the Rose Bowl 45-16, according to Yahoo Sports. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who has 1847 yards this season, broke a Rose Bowl record for total all-purpose yards in the game. Stanford gained 429 yards, vastly overpowering Iowa in what was described as a "blowout." The 2016 Rose Bowl was the 102nd playing of the annual college football game.

[AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker]