Representative William Lacy Clay, a Democrat from Missouri, displayed a painting on the U.S. House floor on Wednesday.
No big deal, right? Except the painting, crafted by an amateur artist from Missouri, depicts police officers as pigs.
Clay claimed that the painting had been “censored” after it was removed from the Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri once several elected officials and their constituents complained.
Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois, chimed in calling the painting “amazing.”
“My constituents’ (art) was removed in an act of politically motivated unconstitutional retroactive censorship,” ranted Clay on the House floor.
The painting shows a “pig” in a police uniform pointing a gun at a protester. It was only 1 of 400-plus winning entries in a recent Congressional Arts Competition.