Why Texas Police Take Away Woman's Anti-Republican Yard Sign

Texas Police Take Away Woman's Anti-Republican Yard Sign

Police in Hamilton, Texas, took away a woman's anti-Republican yard sign last week, showing up at her house after the state's agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, wrote a Facebook post blasting it. Marion Stanford's homemade sign shows an elephant symbol of the Republican Party with its trunk up the skirt of a young girl in pigtails who's saying, "Help!" and the slogan, "Your vote matters." Stanford told the Washington Post she made the sign in response to the Senate testimony of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school. Last Tuesday (October 2nd), Miller posted a photo of the sign on Facebook with the message: "This is in Hamilton, Texas and is supposed to be Judge Kavanaugh's young daughter. . . . The Democrat sleaze knows NO bounds!" On the same day, police showed up at Stanford's home. She told the Post, "Police told me to remove the sign or they would take it and would arrest me. So I let them take the sign." However, the Hamilton city manager denied that police seized the sign, saying, "A police member visited the owner’s home, and the owner asked the officer to take the sign." Stanford also said she wasn't depicting Kavanaugh's daughter, but had created a version of a Washington Post editorial cartoon from last year about the Republican Party's support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of having made sexual advances to underage girls. Stanford said of Miller's post: "This is not something a reputable, respected politician would do. There's nothing in my sign that remotely suggests it's Kavanaugh's daughter."

The logo was created by Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post Ann Telnaes.



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