Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said something Tuesday that one would expect to hear from a street thug, not a congressional leader.
“We may just have to kick somebody’s a** and stop them,” he exclaimed after Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn yanked an anti-cop painting from the Capitol hallway, as reported by Politico.
Apparently Richmond had a connection of some sort to the disturbing painting, which depicted police officers with animal heads and faces pointing guns at black rioters.
Take a look at it below:
This was the second removal of the controversial student painting from the district that encompasses Ferguson, Missouri, where protests broke out in 2014 after the shooting of thug Mike Brown.
The first attempt occurred Friday, courtesy California Rep. Duncan Hunter. After the caucus rehung the painting on Tuesday, however, Lamborn immediately removed it again, after which he took to Facebook to explain the reasoning behind his decision.
“I could not, in good conscience, continue to walk by a painting that so flagrantly disrespected the brave police officers that protect us here in the Capitol and in our communities across the country,” he wrote.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus were not pleased.
“It’s a lack of decorum and respect for people’s constituents and people’s First Amendment rights,” complained Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay, from whose district the painting had been obtained. “This kid (who painted it) has a right to express on canvas what he feels. How dare you try to stifle that, try to censor that. That’s wrong.”
— POLITICO (@politico) January 10, 2017
By the same token, how dare a CBC member threaten Republicans with violence for simply removing a painting that most Americans would likely find highly offensive?
Whether or not the caucus would attempt to rehang the painting again remained unknown, though it was near-certain it would only be removed again, especially since it reportedly violated House rules.
“We looked up the rules for the art competition: You’re not allowed to have paintings that are sensationally divisive,” Hunter explained to Politico.
A painting that depicted cops as monsters was the quintessence of “sensationally divisive.”
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