Over the past few weeks, there’s been a battle between Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington over a controversial painting hanging in the US Capitol. The painting in the center of the firestorm that depicts police officers as animals was hung in the hallway by Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) a few months ago but only recently became a point of partisan contention.
Last week, after Clay and various House Republicans engaged in a back-and-forth where GOP members would remove the painting and Clay would hang it back up, it was decided that the painting violated the policies of the House Office Building Commission. The piece of art, which was chosen as the winner of a high school competition, was found to not adhere to the policy that artwork not be of “contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.”
The painting was therefore removed today by capitol authorities. Clay noted that he’ll continue to display the piece in his office in Washington. He further stated that he’ll attempt to have this decision reversed.
The Missouri lawmaker also objected to the notion that this violated any rules, explaining that the painting had been hanging up for months with no issue until it was first noticed.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who had threatened assault earlier this month over the removal of the painting by Republicans, said that “Congressional leaders have chosen to exercise their power to suppress a child’s free expression.”
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