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Mayor Removes Portraits Of President And Vice President From His Town Hall

One Wyoming mayor is no fan of the Trump administration. According to reports, he's removed portraits of the president and vice president from his town's official building and is replacing them with a portrait of a Native American chief. The mayor says that to honor the president would be 'taking sides' against some town residents.

Mayor Pete Muldoon of Jackson, Wyoming doesn't believe that President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence have earned a place on the wall at his town's city hall. He's made the decision to ditch the official portraits in lieu of a less politically divisive figure: Shoshone Tribe Chief Washakie, who was committed to the welfare of his people and negotiating peace with the American government.

“When the Town of Jackson decides to honor such a divisive person, it is taking sides against some of its residents,” said Muldoon in the statement about his decision to remove the photos. “The Town Council has made no such decision, and until and unless it does, that kind of honor will not be bestowed.”

According to Muldoon, only in dictatorships are town buildings required to display portraits of leaders. “We aren’t required to display signs of respect ― our respect is earned, not demanded,” Muldoon explained. “Dictators like Joseph Stalin required their portraits to be displayed everywhere. Luckily, we do not live in a dictatorship."

Muldoon called Trump a poor role model and he said he believes it 'sends the wrong message' if the town were to honor him.

Some believe the move to take Trump and Pence's portraits down is more divisive than leaving them up. “It has fanned this fire of divisiveness among friends and neighbors. It’s unfortunate," said Teton County Commissioner Paul Vogelheim.

Vogelheim, chair of the county Republican Party, believes Muldoon's move was 'totally disrespectful' and called it 'ugly national partisan politics'.

State Rep. Tyler Lindholm (R-Sundance) stated that even though there is a local Republican majority, photos of Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden were left untouched when the two were in office. “Yet as soon as a Republican is elected, Jackson takes the stance they’re going to jerk down their pictures,” Lindholm said in a video complaint. “I guess that shows character, doesn’t it?”

Muldoon remains unapologetic. When challenged on a portrait of former President Barack Obama that once hung in the city hall, Muldoon stated, "There was a picture of Obama at Town Hall, and it was put up before I was elected mayor.... I don’t believe it should have been displayed either."

When Muldoon was elected, he lashed out against the newly elected Trump. “(O)ur incoming president is promising to deport millions of wonderful, hardworking and valued members of communities across the country. This is, frankly, a horrifying and un-American idea,” Muldoon wrote in his newsletter. “Let’s make sure that our local governments do not offer to help with deportation, but that we stand together in opposition.”

Source: RawStory
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