GOVERNMENT WASTE: Trump Nazi Billboard Funded by... Taxpayers?
The plopsy dundermuffins that call themselves major news outlets have failed again (see New York Times Gets Called Out for Fake News…By The New England Patriots and Fake News: CNN Reports “Fearless Girl” and a Bull Have Snow On Them). Remember this billboard? It was widely reported when first erected. Probably to prove how much everyone hated Trump and thought he was literally Hitler. One thing: everyone failed to mention it was tax-payer funded. #Oops.
A controversial billboard depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi was funded with taxpayer dollars and was commissioned by an “arts advocate” paid by a U.S. city to “diminish barriers,” records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. The massive billboard caused a ruckus when it was unveiled in downtown Phoenix, Arizona in mid-March because it features a menacing portrait of Trump surrounded by mushroom clouds—in the shape of laughing clowns—and swastikas modified as dollar signs. A pin of a Russian flag appears on the president’s lapel.
Firstly, I think we can all agree this piece of "art" is grossly unoriginal - clowns, a-bombs, and swastikas? Sounds like the cover of a David Lynch DVD. But it's also close to, if not already, violating a major ethics standard. The Anti-Lobbying Act ( 18 U.S.C. 1913) may have something to say about tax-payer money going toward an obvious smear campaign on the president.
This week Judicial Watch received the documents that show the city of Phoenix has awarded Moore, the Trump Nazi billboard owner and a prominent figure in the local art community, thousands of dollars in grants for a program she runs called Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP), which encompasses the Art Detour event where the Nazi billboard made its debut. The publicly funded annual art celebration is touted as having “a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene” and is described as “…one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
Moore and her various publicly-funded art enterprises received $3,500 from the city of Phoenix in July 2016, the records obtained by Judicial Watch show, which encompasses the March 2017 Art Detour event that kicked off with the Trump Nazi billboard. In August 2016 Artlink, founded by Moore, was awarded $1,800 for the 2017 Art Detour event, according to the records.
Congrats, leftists, you managed to waste plenty of (tax payers') money erecting this monstrosity. Still not your silliest misuse of taxpayer money to date though (YOUR TAX DOLLARS: White House Plans to Announce First National Gay Monument). But don't worry, there's always next week.
Lest anyone be confused, funding "the arts" isn't the role of government. Federal, state, local, pick your flavor of bureaucracy, has no business patronizing hungry muralists or would-be Pollacks. If you, as a private citizen, want to commission some kind of art piece, even if it is as unoriginal as "Trump's a Nazi LOL" complete with archtepal images like bombs, clowns and subliminal images of your mom, you're free to do so. But the taxpayer's hard earned cash? No.
Speaking of the left's disturbing attempts at "art..."