The political law sign that showed a GOP elephant with its trunk up a girl’s dress and the message “Your Vote Matters” has been seized by the Texas police.
Marion Stanford, the woman who made the sign, said that she was stunned when she saw that much police in her hometown of Hamilton, 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
She said that we have a political party that is using women, so she thought the sign represented what is going on now, and we can’t just stand quiet. She wanted to tell people that we could stop it with voting.
She decided to make the sign after she listened to Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She sign was sharing lawn space with several others, promoting various Democratic candidates, however, it was the only one confiscated.
The police were apparently tipped by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who is up for re-election. He called the sign a “Democratic sleaze” on social media, and he claimed that the painting of the girl was intended to represent Kavanaugh’s daughter. Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as a Supreme Court justice after he was confirmed by a 50-48 Senate majority, despite the s*xual assault allegations against him.
According to Stanford, the suggestion that the girl in her sign was Kavanaugh’s daughter is preposterous, and she added that there’s “nothing in her sign that remotely suggests it’s Kavanaugh’s daughter”.
Her painting was, in fact, based on last year’s image created by Washington Post political cartoonist Ann Telnaes, and it was long before Kavanaugh was even nominated.
Pete Kampfer, Hamilton City Manager said that the sign was taken because it “featured a political animal taking an inappropriate position with a young child.”
According to legal experts, the police has likely violated Stanford’s First Amendment rights.