It may not be a Michelangelo, but a new painting depicting President Trump, Melania, Ivanka, and boat full of other Trump officials crossing D.C. swamp in an obvious nod to Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of President George Washington crossing the Delaware River certainly gets its point across.
The beautifully detailed work by Utah-based artist Jon McNaughton shows Trump, Melania, Ivanka, U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, National Security Advisor John Bolton, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in a rowboat, according to the artist’s website.
Trump is shown in a Washington-like stance, holding a lantern as the boat moves through a gnarled marsh as the U.S. Capitol building, partially obscured by the murky mist, is lit by the moon. Instead of Colonial apparel, the members of Trump’s team are dressed in modern camouflage and carry hunting rifles.
The message is clear: Trump is moving America forward through the suffocating morass that is the D.C. establishment.
In fact, McNaughton explained it himself by saying, “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.”
Trump’s critics, not surprisingly, reacted rather strongly.