There is a battle in the House over a picture that is overtly insulting to police men and women. The picture depicts all the policemen as pigs.
Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) has hung the picture twice. The first time, the picture wqas removed by Duncan Hunter. No one has taken credit for the second removal. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) who serves as the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus has now gotten involved and he called the nation’s policemen and women animals, multiple times. He also threatened violence against republicans:
”We may just have to kick somebody’s ass and stop them.”
I wonder how the BLM caucus would like a picture of a large number of blacks in a welfare line, smoking crack and eating fried chicken and watermelon. After all, would that not also be the artist’s interpretations of the black race?
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) took down the painting and returned it to Clay’s office. A furious Clay re-hung the painting. Politico reported on Clay’s reaction:
A visibly frustrated Clay told POLITICO he’ll be seeking a meeting with Ryan to address the conflict, saying the repeated removals reflect a “lack of civility and decorum on the part of members of the majority party of this House.”
“Lamborn came over, brought the picture to me, and I made sure he left swiftly from my office,” Clay said. “I’m in the middle of meetings in my office and he brings the picture. It’s a lack of decorum and respect for people’s constituents and people’s First Amendment rights. This kid has a right to express on canvas what he feels. How dare you try to stifle that, try to censor that. That’s wrong.”