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Disgraceful Democrats Depict Police Officers As Pigs

Disgraceful Democrats Depict Police Officers As Pigs

The painting, by high school student David Pulphus, won Clay's congressional art competition last May.

Congressional Black Caucus members held a ceremony on Tuesday as they placed the painting back on display after it was first removed last week by California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter.

"The painting portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society", Clay's office said in a press statement past year.

A flurry of activity is taking place in a tunnel connecting the House office buildings to the Capitol, away from the traditional spots of partisan rancor, over a controversial painting that depicts police officers as pigs.

Clay defended the artists' creative expression, saying that he grew up seeing law enforcement's actions against young black men as "animalistic".

Clay rehung the painting in its original space Tuesday, backed by the support of members of the Congressional Black Caucus. According to the report, they also dared Republicans to remove the painting again.

Clay and the CBC have claimed that the efforts of Hunter and other Republicans to remove the painting is form of censorship.

But Clay is ready to challenge those views, arguing that several works hang around the building that could be offensive to blacks, such as portraits of segregationists like Sen.

"His winning entry is a provocative, symbolic representation of the great anger, pain, frustration, and deep deficit in trust for local law enforcement that many young African-Americans feel in their heart", said Clay.

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Under the rules of the 2016 contest, "exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed". The painting shows police with animal heads who have their guns pointed at black people, with a sign that reads "racism kills".

Hunter pointed out that other GOP lawmakers took offense to the painting as well.

"I do not agree or disagree with this painting, but I will fight to defend this young man's right", Clay said.

Asked if he would put it back up if it gets taken down again, he said "Who knows".

My hat is off to Rep. Duncan Hunter for removing from the Capitol the dishonest "art" work depicting police as wild animals.

Clay tells Politico he wants to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., about the conflict, but Ryan has indicated he is not interested and has assured GOP members the painting will not be displayed.

The Missouri congressman said it is "pathetic" that some Republicans and "alt-right media types" constantly refer to themselves as constitutional conservatives, but don't think the same document protects the free-speech rights of his constituent.

The congressman told The Washington Times he would be offended by a painting that featured the Confederate battle flag, but he would not look to censor it. The artwork was created by one of Clay's constituents.


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