Art has always been a tool for advancing politics, but this political artist may not be having the intended effect on his viewers. Jon McNaughton, a political artist for his famous painting skewering former president Barack Obama, has just come out with a new piece in support of Trump. And it’s hilarious.
McNaughton painted his first piece, “The Forgotten Man,” in 2010, to mark his dissatisfaction with the Obama presidency. In it, President Obama poses in front of a group of disappointed former presidents.
In the foreground, slave-owner James Madison is outraged because a black man is President of the United States. Oh, whoops, my editor says it’s actually supposed to be because Obama is trampling on the policies that the Founding Fathers held dear. Like liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and good, old-fashioned “unpaid labor”
But McNaughton’s depiction of Trump’s presidency, titled, “You Are Not Forgotten,” is even better.
In it, Trump is surrounded by apparently loving voters, and he welcomes a Sad J-Crew man back into America while crushing a snake with his foot (wait, isn’t that the opposite of what free-market advocates want?)
I’m confused by Sad J-Crew Man planting a seed in the middle of a paved road, and by the woman slopping water all over his shoulder. But not nearly as confused as I am by what’s happening in the background.
The depiction of Trump’s America in the voters massed behind him is so ridiculously out-of-touch that it’s funny.