Trump's freakish White House painting revealed


"I actually had gotten a call a couple of weeks ago from President Trump and that was a real highlight", Missouri artist Andy Thomas told CNN's Brooke Baldwin Monday on "Newsroom".

At the table around him sit, disciple-like, a gallery of ex-Republican presidents, from Lincoln to George W Bush, looking as happy as if they had stepped onto a steamship on the French Riviera.

Some people online chose to "fix" the painting by making their own additions to it.

"Like, you could borrow stuff from the Smithsonian or the National Gallery of Art but, nope, you're gonna decorate the White House with crap from the Things Remembered kiosk at the mall", wrote journalist Benjamin Freed in another comment.

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?"

Although most of the former presidents in the painting have since died, it does including living father and son presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush.

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With the exception of Honest Abe, who is holding onto a glass of water, the others are all nursing alcoholic drinks. In fact, he has also painted The Democrats Club, with past Democratic presidents.

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 told the Washington Post that Trump called him and complimented the painting, saying he'd seen a lot of paintings of himself and normally doesn't find them flattering.

Titled "The Republican Club", the painting was created by Andy Thomas and given to Trump by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.

As Thomas explained to Time, "That will be the first Republican female president and the first Democratic female president".

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. She also appears in his other work, "The Democratic Club". "As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way".