Floyd Abrams—trial lawyer father-in-law of Greg Andres, an investigator on the Justice Department’s anti-Trump witch-hunt team led by Robert Mueller—played the “free speech” card when New York conservatives didn’t want to sponsor a painting of the Virgin Mary made out of elephant dung and hung with sexually explicit photos.
Reacting to New Yorkers’ forced payouts to the Brooklyn Museum for that “art,” Donald J. Trump pointed out: “It’s not art. It’s absolutely gross, degenerate stuff.”
In a 2006 book, Speaking Freely, Abrams called that kind of moral outrage about the direction of public funding “contemptuous of the First Amendment.” Abrams wrote that horror over publicly funded sacrilegious “art” like the Mary feces statue was a sign of “authoritarian” and “bullying” tendencies by then-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani:
Floyd’s advocacy for Chris Ofili’s painting “The Holy Virgin Mary” and the Brooklyn Museum that hosted it resulted in New York City paying out millions in compensation.
Because of protests from the future 45th president and others, a single activist judge—at the demand of family of big-time Democrat donor Greg Andres—ensured the museum $5.8 million extra.
Then-Senate candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t hesitate to stand up for the museum as it spread its vulgar message on the taxpayer dime.
“It is not appropriate to penalize and punish an institution such as the Brooklyn museum that has served this community with distinction over many years,” she told PBS.
Andres, a former deputy assistant attorney general who has managed the Justice Department’s foreign bribery division, is married to Ronnie Abrams, an Obama-appointed U.S. district court judge: Floyd’s daughter.
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