A Utah-based artist painted President Donald Trump and members of his administration “Crossing the Swamp,” imitating the classic painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”
Jon McNaughton triggered a social media storm when he posted his painting, titled, “Crossing the Swamp.” One of President Trump’s catchphrases during the 2016 campaign was “Drain the Swamp,” referring to fix problems in Washington, D.C.
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
“Never give up. Never lower your light,” he wrote on Twitter. “Never stop till the swamp is dry.”
According to his website, the figures in the painting include U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Housing and Urban Development chief Ben Carson, President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vice-President Mike Pence, first lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
McNaughton is a Trump supporter and has the acronym “MAGA” on his Twitter bio.
“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,” McNaughton wrote on his website.
He added that he hopes people will “study the paintings and try to understand the deeper meaning.”
“Washington Crossing the Delaware” was painted in 1851 by German-American artist Emanuel Leutze, and it is currently prominently displayed in a room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
It commemorated General George Washington, who later became the first U.S. president, during his famous crossing of the Delaware River with the Continental Army on the night of Dec. 25 in 1776 during the Revolutionary War.