Speaker Paul Ryan recently appeared on the Mike Gallagher radio program, where he discussed a controversial contest winning painting, which depicts cops as pigs, and explained why it violates contest rules and should be removed.
The painting, which is currently on display in the Capitol Building, features cops as pigs, shooting at unarmed citizens. It was inspired by the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
California Rep. Duncan Hunter was able to remove the painting at one paint.
“This false narrative portrays law enforcement professionals as posing a danger to the very communities we serve. That is untrue and this ‘art’ reinforces this false narrative and is disrespectful on so many levels,” Rep. Hunter said.
However, the painting was promptly returned shortly after the removal, sparking strong emotions on both sides.
I am sure Master Sgt. Debra Clayton's family & OPD is thankful that the Black Caucus fought so hard in defending a stupid painting. pic.twitter.com/K2bD1Jxugy
— Mrz 👩🏼🎤Mazz (@mrzmazz) January 9, 2017
Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay has strongly supported the painting and argues that removing it is a violation of free speech.
“The Speaker and his Republican colleagues are attempting to suppress free speech with their own brand of retroactive, vigilante censorship against my constituent.”
Despite Rep. Clay’s opinion, the Capitol architect is currently reviewing the rules of the annual Congressional art competition to see if the painting is in violation.
Speaker Ryan specifically called attention to this line of rules which states that entries cannot contain:
“Subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.”
At this point, it seems that the painting will be making many trips in and out of the Capitol Building until further notice.
The Daily Caller