Fox Host Tries to Shame Teen Ferguson Artist for Depicting Cops Negatively

Fox Host Tries to Shame Teen Ferguson Artist for Depicting Cops Negatively


“I’m saying to the three million people out there right now. Call your Congressman or call Lacy Clay’s office and say ‘get that picture down’ cops do not need to be depicted in this way. Blue Lives Matter,” said Fox personality Eric Bolling on the Fox News show The Five on December 29.

The painting in question depicts a street scene that includes a protest march and animals in police uniforms. The artist, high school student David Pulphus won the annual Congressional Art Contest along with hundreds of others.  His work is displayed in a long hallway that connects to the U.S. Capitol Building. The artist is from Ferguson and his work was likely motivated by the police killing of Michael Brown in August 2014 which was followed by the police killings of Kajieme Powell and teenager Vonderrick Myers.

Rep. Lacy Clay issued a statement in response to Bolling.

“Members of Congress support student art competitions in our districts but we do not select the young artists and we do not judge the artwork. I had no role in selecting the winner of this student art competition and I would never attempt to approve or disapprove artistic expression. The U.S. Capitol is a symbol of freedom, not censorship. The young artist chose his own subject and the painting will not be removed,” Rep. Clay said in a statement on December 30.

The U.S. Capitol features several pieces of permanent, paintings and sculpture of several figures from American history many may find objectionable. Several racists, segregationists and confederate figures are featured as statues, busts and in paintings in the U.S. Capitol building including Confederate “President” Jefferson Davis, and pro-slavery Presidents Andrew Jackson and John Calhoun.

A large portrait of the late Alabama Senator and segregationist James Eastland also hangs on the third floor of the U.S. Capitol above the Senate Chamber.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.


  1. How about STFU sheboon.Andrew Jackson was a great president and better than that POS OBAMA the traitorous degenerate half black POS.Get this straight you don’t like our past great presidents then to f u c k i n g bad, then GTFO out of America ,built by whites.Not by useless lazy f u c k i ng slaves that needed to be taught how to speak,read,write,and work by the white man.I do not give two s h i t s what black people think and I don’t care if the past presidents owned slaves.Your holier than thou BS doesn’t fly her a s s h o l e.