How disgusting are Democrats when it comes to maligning the police? Try this: Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) is planning to file a federal lawsuit against the Architect of the Capitol for removing a Missouri student’s painting from the Capitol complex. That painting depicts police offers as wild pigs.
The Hill reports that Clay feels that removing the painting would violate student David Pulphus' First Amendment rights to free expression.
The painting shows black protesters and police officers drawn as pigs with guns drawn. Clay's district just happens to include Ferguson, where Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in 2014 after brown charged him.
Pulphus's painting received a first place certificate in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District as part of the United States Congressional Art Competition at the end of April. Clay said at the time, “I think that the art work selected for this year’s winner of the Congressional art competition has to be the most creative expression that I’ve witnessed over the last 16 years." Clay added in a later press release, “The painting portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society."
The painting was subsequently displayed in the Capitol complex last June. By December, GOP members of the House were consistently removing it, but Clay kept putting it back.
The Architect of the Capitol finally deemed the painting had transgressed the House Office Building Commission rules. Predictably, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attempted to appeal the decision, but the House Office Building Commission stood firm.
Clay then announced he would hang it in his Capitol office instead.