Pete Muldoon, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Wyoming, has decided on his own that portraits of the newly elected president and vice-president will no longer be displayed in the city’s Town Hall building.
According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, it has always been the tradition that pictures of the president and vice-president are displayed near the entrance of the Town Hall building. But Mayor Muldoon has now replaced the photos of President Trump and Vice-President Pence with a picture of former Shoshone Chief Washakie.
The mayor explained his actions with this statement:
“Our town government takes a lot of pride in the details, in getting it right, in working together, in respecting all members of the community, in service to the public and in competence. Our current president shows no interest in any of these things, and I think it sends the wrong message when we honor him.
“If I was the CEO of a trusted investment firm. I wouldn’t have a portrait of Bernie Madoff hanging in the lobby, and having a portrait of Donald Trump hanging in Town Hall seems like the same thing to me.”
Muldoon admitted it was his own idea to remove the photos, but that it was Councilman Jim Standford’s idea to put up the photo of Chief Washakie, who is a “personal hero” of his.
Standford reasoned that since the Town Hall isn’t a federal building, they aren’t actually required to hang pictures of the president and vice-president, and he thought Chief Washakie “is somebody we can all get behind.”
Everyone isn’t pleased. County Commissioner Paul Vogelheim, chairman of the Teton County Republicans, said the decision was made with little to no input from the other council members, and he is disappointed in the action.
“Hanging pictures of the president has been a tradition in the community since at least the mid-’80s,” Vogelheim said. “I find this totally disrespectful and dishonoring of the position of the president. Even more so, the concern is that it’s bringing ugly national partisan politics into our community.”
Todd Starnes of Fox News reported that he reached out to Mayor Muldoon who responded with a lengthy email where he called Trump a dictator. “Dictators like Joseph Stalin required their portraits to be displayed everywhere,” Muldoon wrote. “Luckily, we do not live in a dictatorship.”
President Trump’s portrait removed from a Wyoming town hall by the city’s mayor pic.twitter.com/QFY86qixYK
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WTH, there are no sides, he is the President. Still trying to change the election?
— carolyn (@justhearts) June 13, 2017
— (((Pace))) (@PW_Mpls) June 13, 2017
Was any past President’s photo at the Town Hall? Just wondering because the Mayor said if @POTUS photo was there it would be taking sides
— Brenda Dennis (@bjd9985) June 13, 2017
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