Vice President Mike Pence's temporary neighbors opted to send him a brightly colored message this week: a rainbow banner proclaiming, "Make America Gay Again".
Neighbors of the home near Aspen where Pence and his wife, Karen Sue, are staying posted the message Wednesday or Thursday on a stone pillar that sits at the end of driveways to both homes, Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Buglione said Friday.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said one of his deputies was present when the man who lives in the home came out and first draped the banner over the stone pillar.
"He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who'd tell him he couldn't do it," DiSalvo said. "When they said, 'We're not here to control your free speech rights,' they came out with chili and began feeding them.
Pence - who is a "Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order" - is expected to depart Aspen on Monday, but he will assuredly see the message before he leaves.
As Buglione noted:
"You couldn't miss it."