An independent candidate for Congress has been swept up in a wave of criticism for his campaign billboard vowing to "Make American White Again."

An independent candidate for Congress has been swept up in a wave of criticism for his campaign billboard vowing to "Make American White Again."

Rick Tyler, who is running for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district, put up the billboard alongside Highway 411 in Polk County to make a point, he said, that "the 'Leave It to Beaver, Ozzie and Harriet, Mayberry' America of old was vastly superior to what we are experiencing today."

"It was an America where doors were left unlocked, violent crime was a mere fraction of today's rate of occurrence, there were no car jackings, home invasions, Islamic Mosques or radical Jihadist sleeper cells," Tyler wrote Wednesday night on Facebook.

But the billboard's message, a spin on Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, has been widely derided a tasteless display of bigotry and racism.

It was taken down Tuesday night, according to ABC affiliate WTVC.

Tyler did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Washington Post.

But his campaign website, featuring an illustration of the White House surrounded by a dozen Confederate flags, explains his motivation for the advertisement.

"The 'Make America White Again' billboard advertisement will cut to the very core and marrow of what plagues us as a nation," according to his website. "As Anne Coulter so effectively elucidates in her book, 'Adios America,' the overhaul of America's immigration law in the 1960's has placed us on an inevitable course of demise and destruction. Yes . . . the cunning globalist/Marxist social engineers have succeeded in destroying that great bulwark against statist tyranny . . . the white American super majority.

"Without its expedited restoration little hope remains for the nation as a whole."

Tyler, a 58-year-old self-described "entrepreneur, pastor and political candidate," ran as an independent in the 2014 Senate race, getting less than half a percentage point of the vote against Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

Tennessee's primary is Aug. 4.