One sign saying “Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women” had the word “Trump” removed, as well as another sign that said “God Hates Trump.” Other signs mentioning parts of the female anatomy were also changed.
“As a non-partisan, non-political federal agency, we blurred references to the President’s name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy,” National Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman told The Washington Post on Friday.
She added the Archives’ mission “is to safeguard and provide access to the nation’s most important federal records, and our exhibits are one way in which we connect the American people to those records. Modifying the image was an attempt on our part to keep the focus on the records.”
The altered photo showed a large crowd in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 — the day after President Trump was inaugurated. The photo is 49-by-69 inches and is juxtaposed against a picture from 1913 of a women’s suffrage mach on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Archives told WaPo the decision to obscure the pictures was made by “agency managers” and museum staff members, and that archivist David S. Ferriero had been appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.