Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan demanded this weekend that a pro-police piece of artwork be restored to a Germantown, Maryland police station after a county official deemed it was too controversial to hang.
The artwork, designed by James Shelton and his son, Forrest, is a wooden flag with a thin blue line running through the middle. This symbol, often used as part of “Blue Lives Matter” flags and merchandise, is seen as divisive and racist by numbskull leftists who think it takes away from the not-at-all divisive and racist “Black Lives Matter” propaganda.
Therefore, after the 5th District Police Station tweeted out a photo of their new artwork, it was only a matter of time before the critics came crawling out from underneath their worm-infested logs.
“His business logo features the year 2014 and that’s the year Mike Brown was shot in Ferguson, MO. Don’t be naive that logo is white supremacist. It resembles the Hammerskins logo on purpose, not on accident,” wrote one particular idiot on the police station’s Facebook page.
Another rube posted a meme reading: “I pledge defiance to this flag of the criminal thugs of America, and to the mentality for which it stands, one gang, without morals, unaccountable, with slavery and corruption for all.”
Sadly, on Saturday, County Executive Marc Elrich said the flag was just too controversial to hang in the station.
“The flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of dismissiveness to others. Because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted at the 5th District nor in any public space within the Police Department,” Elrich said in a statement.
This decision didn’t sit well with Hogan, who lambasted Elrich on Twitter.
“I’m offended and disgusted that County Executive Marc Elrich has prohibited Montgomery County Police officers from displaying a ‘thin blue line’ American flag that was made for them by a father & his young son in honor of National First Responders Day,” the governor tweeted. “I have attended the funerals of fallen law enforcement officers across our state, and I take time to thank them every day for their dedicated service and sacrifice.”
Gov. Hogan continued, saying that it was “disgraceful” for Elrich to turn his back on police officers.
For his part, despite the governor’s criticism, Elrich stood by his choice. He also told a local television station that the governor should be more careful with his words.
“He’s the governor of a state that has a whole lot of black citizens, and he’s got to know the sensitivity of this issue,” Elrich said. “I mean, my God, we watched what happened in Baltimore a couple years ago.”
Uh-huh. So because some inner-city hooligans rioted over the Freddy Gray verdict, Maryland is no longer allowed to take any pride in their police officers? This guy should stop embarrassing himself and resign.