Allan Sommer, 72, of Salem Lakes defended his “We are Antifa” yard-sign to the Kenosha County Eye Wednesday. The sign sits prominently in his front yard which is on a busy County Highway. A passerby sent the above photo to KCE. In 2018, Sommer was appointed to the Salem Lakes planning commission and his place on the board is set to expire this year. Sommer is retired from a local heath-care company and says he is a democrat. He placed the sign up because he is extremely happy that Trump is gone. He voted for president Biden and is proud of his vote. We mentioned that many Americans view Antifa as a violent group with fringe beliefs and he scoffed. He said he is anti-fascism and Antifa is not a bad group at all. Many in Kenosha County disagree. Some think the Antifa movement is responsible for a lot of the rioting, burning, looting and violence that recently plagued Kenosha.
Allan has no immediate plans to remove the sign but admits it will “probably come down soon”. He mentioned that there are still some Trump signs up in his community.
We spoke with a resident of Salem Lakes who didn’t want their name published who took issue with the sign. “I personally find it outrageous that somebody who makes important decisions on behalf of our village would openly support a group that is synonymous with domestic terrorism. He should resign or the village board should remove him immediately.”
We reached out to all members of the village board, but we didn’t receive an immediate response.