Putting a spin on the classic “Washington Crossing the Delaware” painting by German-American artist Emanuel Leutz, Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton has released his newest painting and it’s created a lot of buzz on both Twitter and Facebook.
“Crossing the Swamp” is McNaughton’s latest piece in an array of other paintings that depict President Trump in some of his more memorable moments thus far.
McNaughton presented his newest masterpiece via social media posts, with a tweet that accompanied that read, “My new painting-‘Crossing the Swamp’ Never give up. Never lower your light. Never stop till the swamp is dry.”
My new painting – “Crossing the Swamp”
“Never give up. Never lower your light.
Never stop till the swamp is dry.” – Jon McNaughton
For a list of figures in the boat: https://t.co/ZIPdkBgcFU pic.twitter.com/CTPndvK5LM
— Jon McNaughton (@McNaughtonArt) July 31, 2018
In the painting, you can see Trump at the helm, with Vice President Pence carrying the American flag by his side.
According to McNaughton’s website, the rest of the figures in the painting are as follows: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson; Attorney General Jeff Sessions; first lady Melania Trump; Secretary of State Pompeo; White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump; National Security Adviser Bolton; Kellyanne Conway; and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
McNaughton’s description for “Crossing the Swamp” reads:
“Over 240 years ago George Washington suffered through Valley Forge and crossed the Delaware River to bring an astonishing victory to the Continental Army. This led to what many thought was impossible, to defeat a despot King and his formidable army.
Today, Trump endeavors to cross the “swamp” of Washington DC as he carries the light of truth, hope, and prosperity. The murky water of the deep state is laced with dangerous vermin, perfectly willing to destroy American prosperity for their personal ideologies and financial gain. The establishment Democrats, Never-Trumper-Republicans, Deep State, and Fake News Media will do all they can to stop the majority of the American people from succeeding.
As an artist, I paint what I feel needs to be said about the current state of our country. My hope is that Trump will be remembered as the President that restored America’s greatness. I want to be on that boat for freedom!”
You may already be familiar with McNaughton’s work, as some of his pieces have been in the news before. “Year of the ‘Forgotten Man'”, painted in 2010, made headlines when it was purchased by Fox News host Sean Hannity. It shows former President Obama standing on the Constitution while George Washington reacts in dismay and Bill Clinton claps.
McNaughton says on his site that there are three kinds of people who view his paintings: “Those who like it, those who hate it, and those who simply don’t understand.”
Upon seeing his newest painting on Twitter, the trolls came out in full force and immediately took to degrading the painting. The painting left some people scratching their heads as to whether or not @McNaughtonArt was a parody account.
In true Twitter fashion, the trolls unleashed their best “critiques” in the form of weak jokes. Just like that, every liberal troll on Twitter is an art critic. Who knew??
Some of the more shameful comments included:
“Shouldn’t they be holding the Russian flag?”
“You misspelled “Fleeing Pending Indictment” this looks like something that should be on black velvet and hanging in a gas station restroom on the turnpike.”
“I truly thought this was a parody. Wow.”
“Shouldn’t this be painted on black velvet? Where is this crap sold, KKK rallies?”
“How many empty packs of chewing tobacco and/or Marlboros do you have to send in to get this?”
I guess you could clump the majority of these critics under McNaughton’s “those who don’t understand it” category.
Jon McNaughton’s Facebook business page has garnered a much more positive response with some even saying his “Crossing the Swamp” piece brought them to tears.
In one response, a fan mentioned that the left will “freak out” when they see the new painting. That was a bit of an understatement.
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