The GOP once again proves itself as the party of true debate and open ideas. None of that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS here. See Duncan Hunter, last seen using campaign dollars to fly his pet rabbit, which led to the failed House Republican effort to fillet the House Ethics Office last week. He gets very sad if someone says bad things about the police.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Friday removed a painting hanging in the U.S. Capitol, which depicted Ferguson, Mo. police officers as animals shooting black people.
Police organizations around the nation had blasted the art as offensive and had asked Speaker Paul Ryan to remove it in a letter Tuesday. The painting was selected by Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) as part of the annual U.S. Congressional Art Competition.
“I took it down when I walked by and gave it back to Lacy,” Hunter told POLITICO. Asked about blowback from Clay, the Congressional Black Caucus or Democrats, he scoffed: “Blowback from what? Taking a down a painting that depicting policeman as pig? No, I’m not.”
The topic had surfaced in a closed-door GOP conference meeting on Friday. Reps. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and David Reichert (R-Wash.), a former cop, “talked about how disrespectful it was to men and women who served in uniform,” Hunter told POLITICO in a short phone interview when asked about the matter.
The acrylic painting on canvas, created by David Pulphus, shows police officers in uniform holding up guns at black men. One has the face of a boar; another what looks like the face of a horse. The black man being aimed at appears to have the face of a wolf, while onlooking pedestrians in the background hold up signs that read “stop kill,” “history” and “racism kills.”
Some lawmakers asked Republican leaders if they could remove it. Someone suggested that perhaps Clay could ask the student who made it to hang a different painting. Hunter then removed the painting himself, unscrewing it from the wall and dropping it off with staff in Clay’s office.
The House’s annual art competition allows each lawmaker to choose a student’s artwork to hanging in the Cannon Office Building tunnel that connects the Capitol with members’ legislative offices.
Clay, who is African American, represents Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by police. The town became a hotbed of discontent when protests turn violent following the shooting.
Blue Lives Matter people. Criticizing our police for the wanton shooting of black people is like burning the flag. Both should be made illegal. Fascism is all that can save us from the horrors of art.