A Missouri congressman is demanding criminal charges against Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) a student’s controversial painting off the U.S. Capitol walls Friday.
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) says he will rehang the painting, which portrays police officers as pigs, on Tuesday morning.
“He had no right to take that picture down,” Clay told the Washington Post. “It’s thievery.”
In a statement, the Congressional Black Caucus said, “The rehanging of this painting for public view represents more than just protecting the rights of a student artist, it is a proud statement in defense of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression to every American."
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.”
"It just blows my mind that Democrats think it's OK to portray cops as pigs," Hunter said. "It's a sad commentary on the Democrat Party that the one thing that they're willing to stand up for in this country is to portray police officers as pigs. Really strange."
He said if Democrats put the painting back on the wall, he will reach out to House Speaker Paul Ryan to determine what steps Republicans in Congress can take.
"If they put it up, we're probably going to keep taking it down. I have colleagues on my side now that have been emboldened by my action. And they're probably going to take steps too."
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