The battle over that disgusting anti-cop painting has just entered Round Three.
And this time, those in the right might end up victorious. As well they should because frankly, it’s just a disgrace that such a work of “art” should be allowed anywhere near a government building.
In late December, Rep. Lacy Clay, a Democrat decided a painting that portrayed the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, that included police officers shows as animals with tusks – animals that curiously resembled wild pigs – was a fitting display for the Capitol walls.
But Rep. Duncan Hunter, Republican from California, found the painting offensive, no doubt along with the rest of the sane world, and removed it.
Clay then spoke to Capitol police about possibly charging Hunter with some sort of theft charges, and put the painting back on the wall. Hours later, a couple more Republicans, Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Brian Babin, took it back down, citing respect for law enforcement.
If you’re wondering about the painting, here’s a description via Breitbart:
“The painting was created by David Pulphus, a “Cardinal Ritter College Prep graduate” who entered the painting into “a nationwide art contest coordinated by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.” St. Louis American describes the painting as depicting “a downtown street scene with the Gateway Arch displayed in the background and three police officers with animal heads, two with guns in hand, and a large group of marchers moving toward the police.”
The fact is, the painting does not belong in the Capitol Building. What kind of message is Clay trying to send? That all police are pigs? If so, the sitting congressman ought to take a look around the Capitol and see the people who are keeping him safe on a daily basis are – get ready for it – police.
Cheers for those on the Republican side who have the boldness to remove the painting; it’s not a picture that deserves a Capitol wall.