Rep. Duncan Hunter on Tuesday said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan might have to get involved in the dust-up over a painting that depicts police officers as pigs and had been hanging in the U.S. Capitol Complex.
Last week, Mr. Hunter had personally removed the painting, which was done by a winner of a congressional art competition held by Rep. William Lacy Clay, Missouri Democrat.
“It just blows my mind how Democrats think it’s OK to portray cops as pigs,” Mr. Hunter, California Republican, said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”
“Paul Ryan has the ability to make sure that no artwork that depicts cops as pigs, or that depicts congressmen as prostitutes, or depicts anybody in a poor way like this gets put up” in the Capitol, he said.
“So Paul’s got to do something about this,” Mr. Hunter said. “I can’t keep taking it down over and over. That becomes kind of a tit-for-tat thing. Artwork like this simply needs to not be up. The Capitol Police are behind me.”
“In fact, all police officers in the entire country are behind me on this,” he said.
Mr. Clay’s office had asked Capitol Police about Mr. Hunter’s taking the painting, and the Missouri congressman plans to re-hang it on Tuesday.