A Wyoming mayor is under fire from Trump supporters for removing the town hall portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and replacing them with a picture of a Native American chief.
The Huffington Post reported Jackson, WY Mayor Pete Muldoon defended his decision, saying, “We aren’t required to display signs of respect — our respect is earned, not demanded.”
Muldoon issued a statement calling the former reality TV star ‘divisive” and saying honoring him would mean taking sides against some of the town’s residents.
“When the Town Of Jackson decides to honor such a divisive person, it is taking sides against some of its residents,” Muldoon said in the statement. “The Town Council has made no such decision, and until and unless it does, that kind of honor will not be bestowed.”
Muldoon pointed out there is nothing requiring the display of specific portraits, and compared it to Russia during the time of Stalin.
“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.”
Teton County Commissioner Paul Vogelheim, who also chairs the county’s Republican Party, calls Muldoon’s move “totally disrespectful,” and accused Muldoon of being divisive.
Saying it was raising the specter of “ugly, national partisan politics” into the popular resort town, Vogelheim stated, “It has fanned this fire of divisiveness among friends and neighbors. It’s unfortunate.”
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(Article By Jeremiah Jones)