Famed American artist Jon McNaughton has released a stirring new painting of President Donald Trump, standing in front of the White House, along with the “forgotten men and women,” he says, who elected the nation’s 45th president.
McNaughton, renowned for his patriotic and faith-based paintings, said in a video accompanying the painting’s release he initially wondered if he was going too far:
“When I decided to paint this picture, I wondered if this was taking it too far. But sometimes you have to speak forcefully like the brush strokes of my painting.
Many Americans have felt forgotten by the establishment in Washington. I’m talking about the people who are more interested in themselves and their political careers.”
While core groups that supported Trump — blue-collar workers, veterans and current members of the U.S. military, law enforcement officers, and farmers — are represented in the painting, a first glance reveals an interesting addition:Screenshot/JonMcNaughton.com
Of the snake at Trump’s feet, McNaughton explains:
I want a President that will crush the enemies of liberty, justice, and American prosperity. They may have the power to bruise his heel, but he will have the power to crush their head.”
McNaughton said those who voted for Trump knew exactly what they were getting, which is why they voted for him in the first place:
“Last year, we elected President Trump. He expressed by his words and demeanor what Americans wanted. A man who is not going to bow down to Washington or other countries. A man that would not forget the forgotten men and women of this country who elected him.”
Of the “forgotten,” McNaughton asked: “How many veterans have been neglected? How many of our police officers have been marginalized? How many families are suffering because of poor healthcare, limited opportunities, and government intrusion?” he added.
In the minds of Trump’s most-ardent supporters, McNaughton summed it up pretty well. Including the snake at the combative president’s feet.