Artist's Painting of Trump 'Crossing the Swamp' Causes Social Media Firestorm

Artist's Painting of Trump 'Crossing the Swamp' Causes Social Media Firestorm

Utah artist Jon McNaughton's latest painting sees President Donald Trump crossing a figurative swamp in Washington D.C.

John Bolton, Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pompeo and Jeff Sessions are wielding rifles in the painting while Nikki Haley, James Mattis, Ben Carson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and John Kelly steer the boat with paddles.

"I prefer to paint pictures that I believe have relevance to what is going on in the world, that make a statement, that stand for something", McNaughton wrote on his website.

In a dramatic video trailer accompanying the announcement, the artist unpacked his symbology-Trump navigates "murky waters of the deep state" which is "laced with risky vermin perfectly willing to destroy American prosperity". "The murky water of the deep state is laced with risky vermin, perfectly willing to destroy American prosperity for their personal ideologies and financial gain", McNaughton said of his latest painting on his website.

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The artist also added that he hopes people can take the opportunity to study the painting's "deeper meaning".

"Washington Crossing the Delaware" was painted in 1851 by German-American artist Emanuel Leutze, and it is now prominently displayed in a room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

It is a replica of the historic "Washington Crossing the Delaware" painting but includes a number of high profile members of Trump's administration.

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