Trump hangs painting of himself at bar with Republican presidents

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2018

A hokey, dream-like painting of President Donald Trump chumming it up with Republican presidents of decades past - which was gifted to Trump by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) - is hanging up in the White House.

A post on Thomas' website said the painting had a "subtle feminist message" and that he found it hard to give Trump a "genuine smile".

Thomas, who specializes in figurative paintings of cowboys, also made a Democratic presidents' version of the image.

The president is seen seated with Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. A cheery Gerald Ford stands behind Trump and a small variety of other former presidents, such as Grant and Coolidge, peep out from the backdrop.

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?"

President Donald Trump spoke with 60 Minutes in an interview that aired on Sunday night, where he discussed a number of topics, including Russia, Defense Secretary James Mattis, North Korea, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, among other topics.

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They are seen smiling around a table in a similar-style to the much mocked "Dogs playing poker" paintings.

Although art aficionados might wince when gazing at the White House's newest wall decor, there's more going on in this painting than meets the eye at first glance. "That's the kind of woman that will be our first woman president; she'll walk right up to that table".

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

It could be any Republican president's fantasy: hanging out at a bar with fellow conservative American leaders of years, decades, and even centuries past.

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