WASHINGTON D.C. – It’s up, it’s down, now apparently the offensive painting of police as pigs and other animals is back up. The symbolic volleyball match over a controversial painting has clearly delineated lines in the sand.
Democratic lawmakers put back on display on Capitol Hill an offensive painting that angered police with its depiction of officers as pigs—after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter personally took down the picture last week.
Rep. Lacy Clay, who originally sponsored the display of the painting, said he wants the Capitol Police to press theft charges against Hunter for removing the artwork Friday, reported Fox News.
“He had no right to take that picture down,” Clay told the Washington Post. “It’s thievery.”
Apparently the liberal congressman doesn’t understand the basic elements of theft, which require the temporary or permanent deprivation of property. Hunter didn’t deprive Clay of the painting; he simply returned it to him.
Responding Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” Hunter said: “The Capitol Police aren’t going to arrest me for taking down a picture that portrays them as pigs.”
“Lacy can put it back up, I guess, if he wants to,” Hunter told FoxNews.com at the time, “but I’m allowed to take it down.”
He appealed to House Speaker Paul Ryan to intervene.
Without being disrespectful to the men and women in uniform, perhaps we should rename the painting, “The Flying Pigs,” since it has taken wings and appears to be flying around the Capitol like a bird.
Once again, liberal politicians have proven they really do not want unity as they claim; they simply want people to agree with their point of view or hit the road.
(Feature photo is Congressman Duncan Hunter’s official portrait from the 111th Congress.)