During an interview with “60 Minutes,” detail-oriented observers noticed a painting hanging in the White House that featured Donald Trump sitting at a table with Republican presidents of the past.
The painting, by artist Andy Thomas, is titled “The Republican Club,” and goes for anywhere between $155 and $1,700 depending on size and print material.
In the painting, Trump is seen with a glass of diet coke while Presidents of the past – Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to name a few – gather around the table enjoying some drinks and a laugh.
The artist had been unaware that his painting adorned the walls of the White House, but Republican Rep. Darrell Issa informed Thomas that he would be showing it to the President.
Trump, upon seeing the painting, called Thomas a couple of weeks ago to tell him how much he liked the portrait. So much so, that he hung it in the people’s house.
oh my god, it’s hanging in the white house pic.twitter.com/wrq8eo7Bvx
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 15, 2018
Thomas was thrilled, learning of his painting after his wife showed him the “60 Minutes” interview.
“I was ecstatic,” Thomas relayed to Time Magazine. “A lot of times gifts aren’t really hung up, they’re just pushed in a closet somewhere. To find out it’s actually hanging is really a treat.”
Time magazine reports on a new painting in the White House. It shows pres. Trump drinking a Diet Coke with Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and other republican presidents.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 15, 2018
The Daily Beast reports that “art critics” took to social media to tear down the painting as “tacky,” “a travesty,” or “blasphemy.”
It could have been worse. Far worse. If they wanted a ‘tacky’ painting hanging in the White House they could have used the official portrait of Barack Obama.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2018
Now that is a travesty.
It’s within the realm of possibility that President Trump walked the “60 Minutes” reporter past this portrait to trigger liberals. He has a history of doing such things.
Earlier this year, White House reporters were walked past a portrait of Hillary Clinton on their way to the official announcement of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Troll level at that point: Master. After getting some airtime for “The Republican Club”: Grand Master.
In a troll of deeply epic proportions White House staff just walked all reporters & journalists covering the SCOTUS pick by the dumpster & a portrait of Hillary Clinton. When I asked @hogangidley45 if that was on purpose he said “absoloutely.” pic.twitter.com/5g30dGjXu1
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 10, 2018
The Clinton portrait has previously hung in the background of a photo involving Sarah Palin, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent, a subtle reminder that they were in the White House, and she wasn’t.
Seems like there is always controversy surrounding President Trump and his choice of decor in the White House. One of the administration’s top Fake News Stories of 2017 involved Time, who had falsely reported that Trump had removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
Read more at the Political Insider