Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school
CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — It started as an art contest and evolved into a political debate over free speech. Problem is, the artist painted a mural of President Trump’s bloody head on a spear on the wall of a public school.
“Oh, I don’t think that’s right. I know we don’t like the President, but that’s too much. Kids will have nightmares over this,” said Monica Mora of Barrio Logan.
The original mural didn’t stay up long. Although the artist remains defiant, she agreed to paint over the mural. Now, Trump’s head on a spear has been replaced by three local icons in the Mexican community with the words “Powerful Leaders.”
“We all know he’s not well liked in the Mexican community, but that’s too much,” Mora said.
Now, the artist is looking for a new location, away from a public school, but perhaps not away from public scrutiny.
On social media, some have suggested Chicano Park. This is a living art museum and history lesson for Mexican Culture.
“Honestly, I think I know where they are coming from, but no, this is too much. It doesn’t belong anywhere kids can see it, especially in a public park,” said Adriana Sanchez.
The artist herself is trying to back away from the controversy, while stepping in it at the same time.
“We will talk to anyone except you, not you, you will talk to my lawyer,” said artist Sasha Andratta. She claims she didn’t design the hateful mural, but she did paint it.
The school still hasn’t revealed how this managed to be painted on public school land. But any art project in a public park requires the approval of city leaders. Chicano Park is a public park.
While this is happening in San Diego, the word is out. Talk show host Sean Hannity has made this part of a national conversation.
You remember Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction” and the reaction here has been like a tsunami.