Disgraceful Cops-As-Pigs Painting, Removed from Capitol, Is Back up — with Prejudice

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Insult me once, shame on you. Insult me twice…

It’s bad enough that Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D) lacked the sensitivity to appreciate that a painting depicting police as pigs wantonly gunning down blacks had no place on the walls of Congress. But after the tasteless picture was removed by California Rep. Duncan Hunter (R), Clay not only restored to its previous place of honor, as fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus looked on, but went so far as to attempt to have his GOP colleague arrested for theft.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Clay said:

I think he was way out of bounds and he broke the law. It’s called theft. I don’t think anyone up here is qualified to be an art critic. I’m not and no other member is an art critic….

The artistic merits of the painting, shown above, are not really the compelling issue, nor were they Hunter’s motivation for displacing the work, which was done by a St. Louis teenager.

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