Move over, "American Gothic." A new national treasure is about to hit an art gallery, or possibly a flea market, near you.
From certainly not the same people who brought you "Washington Crossing the Delaware," meet "Crossing the Swamp." It's the newest painting from Jon McNaughton, and it depicts President Trump's harrowing quest to glide across the D.C. swamp.
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
You may know McNaughton as the artist of "Expose the Truth," which features Trump grabbing Special Counsel Robert Mueller by the tie and peering at his nose through a magnifying glass. Or perhaps you've seen McNaughton's "The Forgotten Man," in which James Madison gapes at former President Barack Obama for stepping on the Constitution. Sean Hannity has that one hanging in his home.
In this latest addition to the McNaughton collection, Trump — who is "looking trim," ProPublica's Jessica Huseman notes — holds a lamp above his closest companions. That includes Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who isn't quite visible but is nevertheless stuck in this boat. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dunks an oar into the marsh, which appears relatively undrained, seeing as it is deep enough to carry a 12-person canoe. The depicted event can be traced to sometime in past four months, as National Security Adviser John Bolton is aboard and poised to strike down any Washington insider.
But this is just one scholar's interpretation. Watch the artist himself compare Trump's trek across the "murky waters of the deep state" to the time Washington apparently "crossed Valley Forge" in this revelatory and dramatic video. Kathryn Krawczyk