Wisconsin Republican removed approved anti-Republican sign from state capitol

Wisconsin Republican removed approved anti-Republican sign from state capitol
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A Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly admitted on Friday that he inappropriately removed a sign from the state capitol that was critical of President Trump.

The Associated Press reported that Rep. Dale Kooyenga removed the sign in May as a joke and because it used language that he considered inappropriate for children visiting the state capitol to see, like the words "groper" and "damn."

Donald Johnson, the 80-year-old man who put the permitted sign in the building, reported to Capitol Police on May 23 that it was missing and that it was worth $40. 

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Surveillance footage showed Kooyenga taking the sign, which was later found in his office and returned to Johnson. 

Kooyenga told police that he didn't know the sign was allowed to be in the state capitol and that he didn't think taking it was a "big deal."

“I am sorry I took the sign without permission,” Kooyenga said in a statement included with the police report. “However I am not sorry for trying to uphold appropriate decorum in our state capitol.”

The state representative has not been cited or charged for removing the sign, but the police report said the case would be reopened if law enforcement received other complaints, according to the AP.