Congressman Rehangs Controversial Painting at Capitol, Cites First Amendment

Rep. Lacy Clay; Photo: Chuck Raasch via stltoday.com

Rep. Lacy Clay; Photo: Chuck Raasch via stltoday.com

Congressman Lacy Clay (D-MO) rehung a controversial painting depicting police officers as pigs this morning in a ceremony in the halls under the Cannon House Office Building.

Although much controversy has surrounded the painting, which was the winner of a congressional art competition, Clay stated that the issue had become larger than a disagreement over content.

"This is really not about a student art competition anymore." He added, "It’s about defending the Constitution.”

Clay also blamed the "alt-right" for creating the controversy over the artwork, which had been hanging in the Capitol for six-months without objection.

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