Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Trump's hangs fantasy picture featuring himself in the White House

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It's a print hanging in his office called "The Republican Club" that depicts Trump fraternizing with other U.S. presidents including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Abe Lincoln in a private club, the Daily Beast reports.

Thomas said Trump gave him some positive feedback about the painting. Thomas has done similar works of art in the past featuring former Democrat presidents playing pool and another of Republican presidents playing poker in 2008.

It portrays a slimmed-down Trump in an idyllic scene, enjoying the company of his Republican predecessors, including Ronald Raegan, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, and both Bushes.

It soon sparked social media mockery.

Maybe you spotted this in President Trump's 60 Minutes segment?

The painting's surprising debut on "60 Minutes" inspired a slew of scathing commentary, from "Oh my god, it's in the White House" to "Is it on a black velvet background?"

According to the Daily Beast, Thomas admitted that Trump was "hard to paint" due to his skin tone and smile.

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Trump's likeness has been ruthlessly disfigured by "high" and "low" artists alike, who have made no secret of their dislike of the Republican president.

"I didn't think he was going to call, but (Trump) said that he'd seen a lot of paintings of (himself) and majority he didn't like, but that he liked what I had done", Thomas told Baldwin.

Previously talking to Time magazine, Thomas pointed out that he had also added a nod to feminism, as he put it, in his painting - the blurred image of a woman approaching the table out of the crowd.

"As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way", he was quoted as saying in the post.

Although most of the presidents in this picture appear to be boozing it up, not so Trump, who's drinking a Diet Coke.

"That would be, in this case, the first female Republican president walking over to take her place at the table", Thomas said. You can order a print of "The Republican Club" for as little as $155; the artist even sells his work as coffee mugs or puzzles.

"He basically said, 'Most portraits of me I really don't like, '" Thomas told Time magazine.

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