The artist behind a famous painting of former President Barack Obama released a new work on Tuesday. His latest endeavor is a piece of artwork for President Donald Trump, and there’s a big difference between it and the painting of Obama that he made years prior.
Artist Jon McNaughton released his latest work on Twitter on Tuesday. The painting, featuring President Donald Trump, is titled “Crossing the Swamp” and depicts members of the Trump administration crossing a D.C. swamp in a rowboat.
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
The crew members in the boat with Trump include National Security Adviser John Bolton holding a gun, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holding binoculars, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders manning an oar, and First lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hoisting the American flag.
Also on board are U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, and Chief-of-Staff John Kelly.
Artist Jon McNaughton has earned attention in the Trump-era for his patriotic art depicting the administration and the American people.
McNaughton released another work on Tuesday, titled “Crossing The Swamp.” The painting depicts members of the Trump administration crossing a DC swamp in a pose that mimics the famous “Washington Crossing The Delaware” painting. According to the description on McNaughton’s website, the painting shows how Trump is defeating the swamp with “the light of truth, hope, and prosperity.”
One of Trump’s most well-known campaign chants in 2016 was “drain the swamp.” [Source: The Daily Caller]
“Over 240 years ago George Washington crossed Valley Forge 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,” reads a description of the painting on McNaughton’s website.
“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 description goes on.
“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. I hope Trump is remembered as the President that restored America’s greatness. I want to be on that boat for freedom!” concluded the artist.
McNaughton’s painting gains even more symbolism when you consider the history of our nation’s capital, which used to be an actual swamp:
Not many people know this, but Washington, D.C., used to be a swamp. It is now, figuratively, but it once was, literally. If you’ve been to D.C., you’ve rolled down the eight-lane-wide Constitution Avenue. That used to be the Washington City Canal, and ran from 1815 until the 1850s (it once connected into the C&O Canal). During its decline, it served as a sewer, filled with human waste. The mosquitoes were horrible.
So Alexander “Boss” Shepherd ordered it filled in, and it became the city’s grand boulevard. But President Trump brought the swamp back into vogue when he vowed to drain it (figuratively). And now, he’s flooded the city again by starring in a new painting called “Crossing the Swamp.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
“Crossing the Swamp” could not be more different from McNaughton’s painting titled “The Forgotten Man,” which features Barack Obama with his back turned on the American people and our country’s founding fathers.
You can purchase a copy of “Crossing the Swamp” for as little as $29 on McNaughton’s website. Or, if you’re particularly moved by the patriotic work of art, splurge for a signed canvas. Would you buy this painting from the famed conservative artist and proudly display it in your home?