EDGELY, N.D.– A North Dakota farmer has found sudden fame after a message he carved into a field on his property went viral.
Gene Hanson, 77, of Edgeley, North Dakota plowed “We stand for the National Anthem” in response to the decision of several NFL teams to kneel during the playing of the national anthem in protest to what they claim is mistreatment by police toward minorities.
Hanson’s message, which spans the length of two football fields, caught the attention of the local news and quickly went viral.
“I go with [President[ Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News on Tuesday (https://tinyurl.com/yblt9ala). “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it.”
“A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it,” he added. “If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”
When asked what type of technology was used to create the message, Handon said all he relies on is his trusty Massey tractor. “No need for GPS,” he said.
Hanson, an admitted fan of President Trump, says he believes the president is doing his best to bring about change, but faces a “continuous battle” in Washington, D.C. so he does what he can to send messages of support from his rural farm.
In addition to his message about the national anthem, Hanson says he’s also carved “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “Feel the Bern,” “GOP, get your act together,” and “Vote Trump” into his land. His writings have made him somewhat of a local celebrity
Despite the support he’s received, Hanson admits he did catch a little flack from local Democrats after “Never Hillary” appeared in his beanfield during the 2016 election. “Most responses have been positive, though,” he said.
For his next work of art, the farmer says he plans to pay tribute to Jesus Christ.
“We kneel at the cross,” says Hanson, will soon grace his field.