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A Fetid Journey With Swamp Things

Detail from ‘Crossing The Swamp’ by Jon McNaughton (via Jon McNaughton Fine Art [1])

Jon McNaughton, America’s Painter™ and the Titian of Trumpian Realism, is back again with a new patriotic painting. See more of it at McNaughton’s website. [1]

According to Fox News: [2]

The painting shows Trump at the helm, and Vice President Pence carrying the flag by his side.

McNaughton identifies the rest as: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson; Attorney General Jeff Sessions; first lady Melania Trump; Secretary of State Pompeo; White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump; National Security Adviser Bolton; Kellyanne Conway; and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

John Bolton is the poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed? Jed Clampett’s mustache was not so robust:

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31 Comments To "A Fetid Journey With Swamp Things"

#1 Comment By Lee Penn On August 1, 2018 @ 3:30 am

All hail to Capitalist Realism, the truly popular and progressive style that says what Real Americans know to be true.

What comes next … a denunciation of “rootless cosmopolitans,” as Comrades Stalin and Zhdanov did in the late 1940s and early 1950s?

#2 Comment By DGarcia On August 1, 2018 @ 6:07 am

Can’t be. This just … cannot be.

#3 Comment By muad’dib On August 1, 2018 @ 6:58 am

Where are the Onion Domes? and the puppet master pulling the stings?

#4 Comment By David On August 1, 2018 @ 7:07 am

One of these days I suspect McNaughton is going to paint you, retreating into a “holy huddle” with a small group of BenOp Christians, while Trump, Trump’s Court Evangelicals, and George Washington ride to victory.

#5 Comment By Kirt Higdon On August 1, 2018 @ 7:30 am

This is pretty hilarious actually.

#6 Comment By Daniel (not Larrison) On August 1, 2018 @ 7:30 am

The absolute worst McNaughton image of Trump has him trampling the serpent’s head. In the most literal sense, this is Antichrist.

McNaughton is a blasphemer of the highest order.

If he was a liberal parody he wouldn’t be believed, he’d be considered too over the top. But he’s actually real.


#7 Comment By muad’dib On August 1, 2018 @ 7:30 am

Can’t be. This just … cannot be.

Sure it can…

Enjoy this: [4].

#8 Comment By JonF On August 1, 2018 @ 8:08 am

Added to the list of ludicrous things I cannot unsee, right alongside the poopy baby diaper picture you once featured.

#9 Comment By grumpy realist On August 1, 2018 @ 8:23 am

Reminds me of such Communist China artistic delights as “Comrade Mao Leading the Population of the Oppressed.”

#10 Comment By Chris – the other one On August 1, 2018 @ 8:45 am

“Enjoy this: Jesus handing down the constitution.”

To be fair, I believe McNaughton is LDS, and therefore believes the Constitution was divinely inspired. And that we can become like Jesus if we try hard enough, which explains Trump stepping on the snake.

So while both of these paintings are blasphemous from an orthodox Christian perspective, they are less so from a Mormon perspective.

With that said, they’re still awful.

#11 Comment By Maris Taidgh On August 1, 2018 @ 9:38 am

Pure, unadulterated poshlost’.

#12 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On August 1, 2018 @ 10:15 am

I was trying to figure out whether this is a liberal Democratic artist’s sardonic parody, or whether it a Trumpist icon. Apparently it is the latter, but it is such a close call, the artists may well live to regret painting it.

Reminds me of such Communist China artistic delights as “Comrade Mao Leading the Population of the Oppressed.”

Well, actually, there was a period of time when he did that. Nostalgia for the good old days didn’t compensate for the fact that, in power, he was a very incompetent economic planner.

#13 Comment By Ben H On August 1, 2018 @ 10:29 am

I love it. There is nothing more hilarious than the sincerity of the boomer cons.

This is what happens when you give Fox News Geezers paint and a canvas.

#14 Comment By JCM On August 1, 2018 @ 10:40 am

I can’t decide if Melania’s embracing of the flag is more reminiscent of Betsy Ross or of Veronica on the way to Calvary. Either way the painting has the power to choke one up, no matter what one’s political views. May become iconic.

[NFR: Verily, I am choking. — RD]

#15 Comment By JCM On August 1, 2018 @ 10:43 am

The charismatic Wilbur Ross has never been depicted to better effect. But where is Jarred?

#16 Comment By James On August 1, 2018 @ 10:43 am

This is hilarious! I want a print of it to put in the basement bar I’ll probably never actually get around to building.

[NFR: It would be better in black velvet. — RD]

#17 Comment By JonF On August 1, 2018 @ 11:07 am

Re: It would be better in black velvet

And should glow under black light.

#18 Comment By Ivan Wolfe On August 1, 2018 @ 11:37 am

Mcnaughton may be Mormon, but please don’t try and mock Mormons just because of that connection. I could find bad, cheesy, crappy art in every religious tradition.

(Chris – the other one above has a comment so ignorant and idiotic in it’s ill-natured irksomness, I’m surprised RD let it through, but given RD has shown ignorance about Mormonism at times, he probably thinks Chris’s comments are spot-on, rather than nasty and ignorant).

#19 Comment By DennisW On August 1, 2018 @ 11:57 am

Looks and sounds like he’s just taken a page from the kitsch playbook of Thomas Kinkade (right down to the trademarked personal tagline).

No matter what one’s political viewpoint, as art this is pure trash, the epitome of kitsch.

#20 Comment By Alex On August 1, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

We’re still allowed to have fun, right?

#21 Comment By DRK On August 1, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

I’m surprised that this post wasn’t filed with a hathos tag…

#22 Comment By EngineerScotty On August 1, 2018 @ 12:34 pm

Unlike “Kelly” at The Onion ( [5]), this is not a parody.

(Actually, Kelly’s gotten a bit too over-the-top of late…)

#23 Comment By AB On August 1, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

Honestly folks , after all the left-wing art we have been told to admire—is this really that bad? By modern standards?

#24 Comment By Caroline On August 1, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

Love it. Full stop.

#25 Comment By Cliff On August 1, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

I believe Redsteeze first pointed this out but Ben Carson is paddling backwards.

#26 Comment By Moderate Mom On August 1, 2018 @ 1:45 pm

1. That painting, and his others, are hilarious.

2. Looking at them, the guy is actually quite an accomplished artist.

#27 Comment By Brian On August 1, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

The Jesus handing down the Constitution one is amazing. Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine are rolling in their graves.

#28 Comment By Augustine On August 1, 2018 @ 3:28 pm

I think that I just vomited a little in my mouth.

#29 Comment By Ryan Booth On August 1, 2018 @ 5:45 pm

Ben Carson is paddling backwards. So, is this a racist painting? Of course, the ignorant black guy would be the one paddling the wrong way.

In truth, I don’t think Carson is paddling at all at the moment depicted, but is instead using his paddle to strike one of the many gators in the swamp.

The cabinet obviously needs someone from Louisiana, as Bolton just stands there — he needs someone to tell him to Choot ‘Em! It appears that Kellyanne Conway and Jeff Sessions also have guns that they are not using. Do these people want to be gator food?

#30 Comment By CharleyCarp On August 1, 2018 @ 6:20 pm


Read the thread.

#31 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On August 1, 2018 @ 9:05 pm

Honestly folks , after all the left-wing art we have been told to admire—is this really that bad?

I fail to find the slightest exoneration in the comparison. And while I like IWW art, I am no fan of socialist realism. Actually, I rather like many of Thomas Kinkaid’s “light” paintings. I don’t care what his denomination or doctrine is, the paintings are pretty.

We’re still allowed to have fun, right?

We are, Alex, we are. ROFL.