WASHINGTON – (Circa) An anti-Republican yard sign was removed by police from a woman’s yard last week in Hamilton, Texas.
The sign, created by Marion Stanford, shows an elephant, the Republican Party symbol painted in red, white and blue with its trunk up a young girl’s pink dress. The word “HELP!” is written next to her face. The picture is placed next to the words “Your vote matters.”
Standford told the Washington Post that she decided to paint the sign after watching the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. Judge Kavanaugh was recently sworn in as Supreme Court Justice on Saturday.
Police showed up to Standford’s house on Tuesday after a post by Texas secretary of agriculture, Sid Miller, posted about the sign on Facebook. He wrote, "This is in Hamilton, Texas and is supposed to be Judge Kavanaugh's young daughter." "Notice my opponent's sign in the background." "The Democrat sleaze knows NO bounds!"
Standford told the Washington Post that police visited her home due to complaints and that they threatened to arrest her if she did not remove the sign. She also mentioned that the girl in her yard sign is not of Kavanaugh’s daughter and was not meant to portray child abuse. Standford said she was inspired by an editorial cartoon by Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post.
Telnaes wrote on Twitter, “Good thing I’m not cartooning in Texas.”
According to the Dallas News, the sign remains at the Police station in Hamilton, Texas.