MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have both said that they believe the New Yorker’s decision to remove a painting from a space it occupied in a Manhattan hotel room was a “real mistake.”
The New Yorker said on Sunday that it had decided to remove the painting, which depicts a man holding a gun, after complaints from guests.
The painting, titled “Carry On,” was purchased from the artist, the New York Post reported.
On Monday, Scarborough tweeted: “I think it was definitely a mistake.
The New Yorker should have been careful in removing it from the room.
It was a real mistake.
I am not one to make sweeping generalizations.”
Brzezinski said on Monday that the removal of the painting was a sign of a “culture war” on social media.
The decision came amid a flurry of posts on social-media sites over the weekend that appeared to show the New Republic, which has long supported President Donald Trump, being targeted by left-wing protesters.
On Saturday, New York’s Police Department announced that protesters had blocked the entrance to a Brooklyn restaurant where the painting hung.
In a statement, the department said it was working with the city’s fire department to move the painting “out of the way” and that it would investigate the matter.
On Sunday, the painting’s owner, who is white, told the Post that he was “not a racist.”
He added that he believed “that the New Yorkers of our generation have not forgotten the values and principles of this country.”