The New Orleans Democrat who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus reportedly issued an expletive-laden threat to Republican lawmakers who continue to remove a painting depicting police officers as pigs from a Capitol Hill hallway, Politico reported.
Reacting to Rep. Doug Lamborn's (R-Colo.) removal of the painting drawn by a then-high school freshman from Missouri, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said "we may just have to kick somebody's ass and stop them," the next time it is removed.
Rep. W. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) hung the painting to commemorate his constituent, David Pulphus, who won an art competition sponsored by the Saint Louis Democrat.
Initially, it was removed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and returned to Clay's office.
Hunter, an Iraq War veteran, told Fox News on Tuesday that he was upset that Capitol Police, who patrol the hallway connecting House Office Buildings to the Capitol where the painting was hung, had to walk past it every day.
Clay hung the painting for a second time Tuesday during a ceremony with fellow Congressional Black Caucus members.
Lamborn then removed it, saying he wanted to "continue the protest" started by Hunter, and "could not in good conscience" leave the painting be, calling it a "brazen attack on law enforcement."
Today I joined Rep. Rohrabacher in taking down this offensive and disrespectful artwork hanging in tunnel of Capitol https://t.co/KtAXahR079
— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) January 10, 2017
After being hung up again, the painting was removed by Reps. Brian Babin (R-Texas) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), leading Clay to request a meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) over the incidents, Politico reported.