Marion Stanford says local police threatened her with arrest if she did not remove an anti-Kavanaugh sign she made depicting an elephant, the Republican mascot, with its trunk up a girl’s skirt removed from her yard last week.
“It is pornography, and you can’t display it,” Stanford recalled a police officer telling her on Tuesday in her Central Texas town of Hamilton.
City officials denied to the Post that the officer threatened arrest.
Stanford told The Washington Post she made the sign last week after watching Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were in high school, testify before the Senate Judiciary.
Next to the elephant and the blond girl who Stanford depicted as being assaulted, she also wrote “YOUR VOTE MATTERS” in pink.
She told The Post “the message is if you recognize this, if you understand this pain, if you are part of this movement, your vote matters,” referring to the popularized #MeToo movement.
Pete Kampfer, Hamilton’s city manager, told the Dallas Morning News he felt the drawing depicted child abuse, saying: “It’s a political sign, and a citizen here placed a yard sign that featured a political animal taking an inappropriate position with a young child.”
But Stanford said she “knew what the symbolism was” and what her “motivations were.”
“I stand with those women. I stand with the women who want change, who have a voice and are making their voice heard,” Stanford said. “And the whole community is not going to stop me.”