Famous for his renditions of religious and patriotic imagery, American artist Jon McNaughton released a new painting, titled “You Are Not Forgotten,” on Tuesday. The work of art features President Trump and the “forgotten men and women” of America who helped usher him into the White House last November.
McNaughton produced a video highlighting his artwork and offered his thoughts behind the concept of the piece, saying he felt compelled to “speak forcefully” in support of President Trump and his agenda.
“When I decided to paint this picture, I wondered if this was taking it too far. But sometimes you have to speak forcefully, like the brush strokes of my painting,” said McNaughton. “Many Americans have felt forgotten by the establishment in Washington. I’m talking about the people who are more interested in themselves and their political careers.”
Asking, “How many veterans have been neglected? How many of our police officers have been marginalized? How many families are suffering because of poor healthcare, limited opportunities, and government intrusion?”
McNaughton’s art vividly portrays those “forgotten Americans” who turned out en masse to vote Donald Trump into office rather than let the presidency fall to a woman who decidedly did not have this country’s best interests in mind.
“Last year, we elected President Trump. He expressed by his words and demeanor what Americans wanted. A man who is not going to bow down to Washington or other countries. A man that would not forget the forgotten men and women of this country who elected him,” said McNaughton.
“I want a president that will crush the enemies of liberty, justice, and American prosperity,” he added. “They may have the power to bruise his heel, but he will have the power to crush their head.”
The Utah-based artist is known for creating many paintings of President Barack Obama — and not in a good way. McNaughton is decidedly not a fan of the 44th POTUS.
Beginning in 2011, McNaughton produced a series of paintings depicting what he saw as America’s abandonment of “constitutional principles” during the Obama administration. Fox News host Sean Hannity purchased at least one of his anti-Obama works for an undisclosed sum and is said to be a huge fan of the 48-year-old artist.
Describing the painting as an attack on “political correctness and cronyism in Washington,” McNaughton squelched rumors that Hannity had planned to give the painting to President Trump. “Hannity said he may keep it for himself,” McNaughton said. “Many Americans relate to its message, although it is hated by the left.”
The first in his series of anti-Obama paintings was titled “One Nation Under God.” It showed Jesus Christ holding up the Constitution in Washington, D.C., surrounded by an audience of historic figures like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, kneeling soldiers, and an astronaut. There’s also what his website calls a “Liberal News Reporter” and a man he dubs “Mr. Hollywood,” who looks down upon a pregnant mother with “ridicule and amusement.”
McNaughton clearly has no love lost for President Trump’s predecessor, having painted several pictures of President Obama burning the Constitution, golfing as a nuclear bomb explodes behind him and playing a tiny violin while Capitol Hill goes up in flames.
My new painting, "Obama Foreign Policy," should be seen by Netanyahu before he flies home. These are dangerous times. pic.twitter.com/8F3bqGOwL1
— Jon McNaughton (@McNaughtonArt) March 3, 2015
Very appropriate image considering Obama's golfing and relaxing in Palm Springs while the country is in turmoil? pic.twitter.com/mXCkohqq2E
— Jon McNaughton (@McNaughtonArt) June 14, 2014
“One Nation Under Socialism” was one of his most controversial works. The painting is a portrait of Obama literally burning the Constitution. According to McNaughton, he wanted to paint the former president looking “sinister” as he destroyed our country’s most important document.
Because of his art, McNaughton is often called a “racist.” This is an accusation he denies, but he accepts that it comes with the territory. Back in 2012, he told BuzzFeed: “You hear it so much, it’s like, wow, whatever. I can’t help the fact President Obama is partly African American.” McNaughton explains the painting this way: “He’s fanning the flames…It’s a very dark painting.”
Obamacare inspired another of McNaughton’s paintings, titled “The Forgotten Man.” One of his most popular pieces, McNaughton showed President Obama standing, arms crossed, in front of the White House, his foot on the Constitution like he’s putting out a cigarette. The forgotten “every man” sits on a bench, despondent while a group of former presidents, including Lincoln, Reagan, and the Founding Fathers appears to be imploring Obama to stop, while big government liberals such as FDR and Bill Clinton are shown applauding.
Active on Twitter, McNaughton apparently felt compelled to respond to one woman who, upon seeing his new painting of Trump and his supporters, claimed that it is “sacrilegious” to paint Trump crushing the serpent’s head.
Referring her to the Bible, McNaughton stated that Luke 10:18-19 refers to Satan falling from heaven and the Lord giving his servants power to “tread on serpents.”
“This is a reference to Genesis 3:15, which clearly says He shall put enmity between mankind and Satan. This is all possible through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Each of us must crush the head of evil. Trump is in a unique position to do that as President of the United States,” McNaughton tweeted.
— Jon McNaughton (@McNaughtonArt) August 22, 2017
Watch Jon McNaughton discuss “You Are Not Forgotten” below: