A painting by a constituent of Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay has been removed from the walls of the Cannon tunnel by Republicans three times — and replaced after each incident.
“We might just have to kick somebody’s a-- and stop them,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond said, when asked if the painting needed security personnel to protect it.
The artwork, entitled “Untitled #1,” depicts police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri, and is from the Capitol’s annual high school art competition. Republicans have taken offense to the painting’s depictions of police officers and others as animals.
Most recently on Tuesday, GOP Reps. Brian Babin of Texas and Dana Rohrabacher of California removed the artwork from the wall.
Earlier in the day, Colorado GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn took down the painting after Clay and Democratic colleagues held a news conference to announce that they were returning it to join a display of about 400 paintings from the contest.
California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter took the painting down last Friday and delivered it to Clay’s office.
Clay called the attempts to remove the painting “childish.”