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The contrast with the attitude of the former president has been remarkable. Painter Jon McNaughton thinks so as well, as he made clear in a painting of President Donald Trump, similar to one he did of former President Barack Obama, but with some major differences.
McNaughton released a painting in 2010 showing Obama surrounded by all the former presidents around the White House. On a park bench nearby is a “forgotten man,” whom Obama has turned his back on. Underneath Obama’s foot is the United States Constitution.
Don’t forget this painting of the “Forgotten Man” from 2010 by Jon McNaughton. pic.twitter.com/AITsL6Hnor
— Jim Hiltz (@ufomechanic) May 8, 2019
The piece was highly controversial, but McNaughton wanted to make the point that Obama was forgetting millions of Americans and trampling on the Constitution.
McNaughton’s new piece looks very similar, only this time Trump is surrounded by various members of his administration like Secretary of Defense James Mattis, other “forgotten” Americans and the original forgotten man, who is being given some water for what he has planted.
Instead of stepping on the Constitution, in this painting Trump is stepping on a snake.
artist Jon McNaughton is releasing a new painting titled “You Are Not Forgotten,” featuring President Trump and the “forgotten men & women” pic.twitter.com/NqV8oTI2M8
— Villi Wilson❌ (@Conservative_VW) August 24, 2017
“Last year we elected President Trump. He expressed by his words and demeanor what Americans wanted — a man who was not going to bow down to Washington or other countries. A man that would not forget the ‘forgotten men and women’ of this country who elected him,” McNaughton explained in a video about the painting.
The painting is quite powerful and does a good job of summing up the ideas Trump campaigned upon and the message he has worked to get out during his time in office.
Trump has often said since his election night victory “the forgotten man and woman are forgotten no longer,” and he actually means it. Trump has taken steps to help this nation recover and help all Americans rise up.
Obama made it clear during his eight years in office that his agenda, not American’s well-being, was his first priority.
The difference between these two presidents is stunning, and it has shown America what having a true patriot in the White House looks like.
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