‘We’re going to put this thing out there, we’re going ‘We’ll take it down and make a movie out of it.’ ‘We are not going to let you put it up for sale’: Trump’s war on animals
Donald Trump is using the power of his office to put out an aggressive public push to take down animals’ paintings and other artworks from public parks, beaches and even museums.
Trump has put the blame for the rise of the so-called “anti-vegan” movement squarely on the heads of artists, who have been protesting the president’s policies in parks and other public spaces.
“I think we’re at a tipping point,” Trump told a crowd in Texas in a speech earlier this week.
“There’s a lot of art, and a lot and a little of art.
You know, I mean, you look at the pictures and you’re like, ‘Wow, you’re a very talented artist.'”
While the president has repeatedly cited art as a weapon against him, he’s made it clear he doesn’t necessarily care whether he gets to take a piece of art down from the White House grounds.
“It’s not like they have a right to do it,” he said.
“You know, we can do it ourselves.
We can take it and make an art film out of this, and we’ll put it out there and people will be like, okay, you know, ‘Oh, that’s great.'”
It’s unclear whether Trump has the legal authority to do what he is doing.
In a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union, Trump’s attorneys wrote that they believe Trump has “the power to prohibit a particular artistic work from being displayed in public places or places of public assembly.”
Trump has not responded to the letter.
“The government’s assertion that it has the right to take an artistic work off the property of the United States is simply not true,” the letter said.
“There is no such right.
There is no power of eminent domain.”
Artists and other groups have been trying to stop Trump’s push to eliminate the sale and display of artworks by using the First Amendment.
But in recent weeks, Trump has shown increasing willingness to back off of the push and even back away from his comments about artists.
Earlier this week, the president told a reporter from the Fox Business Network that he’d “rather do” taking down the “anti” vegans art.
He then went on to say he’d do it anyway.
But he stopped short of outright banning the art.
Trump told the Fox News host, “I’m not going anywhere.
I’m not gonna sell out to this,” adding that he could “just take it off the wall and just leave it there.”
Trump has repeatedly called for an end to the sale of “anti vegans” artworks to museums and other venues, but he has stopped short in recent months of banning the sale altogether.