Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Stan Pate Says He Was Behind Anti-Donald Trump Skywriting at Rose Parade

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Stan Pate Says He Was Behind Anti-Donald Trump Skywriting at Rose Parade

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Tuscaloosa real estate developer Stan Pate says he's tired of Donald Trump.

So, on Friday, he sent a message that caused quite a stir.

With funding from a newly formed political action committee - a super PAC, as Pate described it - the local businessman hired skywriters to plaster the skies above Pasadena, Calif., criticizing the outspoken Republican presidential candidate.

"Donald Trump spews hate - not policy. And hate is not presidential," Pate said. "It embarrasses me as an American."

Pate funded banners to be flown above the sites of this year's Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas; the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans; and the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla.

But he saved the most visible messages for the Rose Bowl, where he attempted to time the skywritten messages to appear after the 127th Rose Parade.

Multiple airplanes were used to skywrite messages like "America is great, Trump is disgusting" and "Anybody but Trump." The skywriter message's tagline was "," a website belonging to Pate's super PAC, "We the People Foundation," and the website features a link to Time magazine's list of Trump's top 10 failures.

Pate said his goal behind the messages was not just to openly and publicly criticize Trump, but to also galvanize the American people to stand against the polarizing candidate.

"The people who care about the country, they don't have a billion dollars in their pocket like Donald Trump, but they have money that they worked hard for," Pate said. "My net worth is millions and I'm not ashamed of it - I'm proud of it. I worked hard.

"But differently than Trump, I believe America is great and America has afforded me the opportunity to do that."

Pate, 57, was not born into his riches. Rather, after his father died just before his 10th birthday and an abusive mother led to his removal from his parental home, Pate bounced between foster homes and "the street," as he described it.

But he relied on the public school system - the teachers at Tuscaloosa County High School "saved me, quite frankly," he said - and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in chemical engineering. …

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