Rep. William Lacy Clay took to the House floor to defend a painting which depicted police officers as feral pigs, on Wednesday.
Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) took to the House floor to defend a painting which depicted a confrontation between African-American protesters and police officers who were portrayed as feral pigs, on Wednesday.
Clay brought to the floor an enlarged version of the painting, which was banned from being displayed in the Capitol because of the controversy surrounding it.
The painting received considerable backlash from Republican members of Congress earlier in the year and came to a head when Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA.) removed the painting.
“Yet, without cause or reasonable process and after being viewed repeatedly by Members of Congress, Congressional staffers and thousands of visitors, without incident or concern, my constituent’s winning entry was removed in an act of politically motivated, unconstitutional retroactive censorship,” Clay declared.
Clay would not, however, say whether he agreed with what the painting depicts.
Other Congressional Democrats took to the floor to defend the picture and attack Republicans for violating free speech.
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