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The live painting, by artist Jon McNaughton, features the 45th President holding a tattered America flag pressed tightly to his bosom while holding a light blue cloth in one hand. McNaughton shared the painting with Twitter (big mistake), with an added special effect that makes the hand holding the blue cloth move up and down. Twitter users are confused about what exactly is happening in the painting.
“That is the scariest painting I have ever seen. What is all about? Is this after he shreds the flag to bits? Why does he look like he has dementia? I have too many questions to ask in one tweet,” one user wrote.
That is the scariest painting I have ever scene. What is all about? Is this after he shred the flag it bits? Why does he look like he has dementia? I have too many questions to ask in one Tweet.— Yinzer_Girl! (@ace_maddie) July 20, 2019
Why is he smearing crap all over the flag?— Arse Grammatica (@ArseGrammatica) July 20, 2019
Many think the president looks like he is defiling the flag.
Am I the only one that thinks he is jerking off in the flag?— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 20, 2019
He’s jerking off the flag?— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) July 21, 2019
Is ... is he giving the flag a tug— 1000/24thHat (@Popehat) July 21, 2019
Why is he masturbating in the middle of a football field?— ❄️📎Elle📎❄️ (@TrickOrTreakle) July 21, 2019
Update 11:00pm CT, July 22: McNaughton seems to be an artist who lets his work be open to interpretation.
“How people interpret a painting says a lot about who they are and what they believe,” McNaughton told the Daily Dot in an email statement.
According to McNaughton’s website, the painting is supposed to symbolize Trump’s devotion to protecting the flag from those pesky NFL protestors. You know, those players who refused to stand for the anthem in protest of police brutality against Black people.
“I painted President Trump picking up a shredded and trampled flag off the football field. He holds a wet cloth in his right hand, as he attempts to clean it,” his website reads. “I respect America. I respect the flag, the anthem, and the President; because he doesn’t back down to those who do not.”
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Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.