"The Republican club": who is who in the controversial Trump box along with other presidents


Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

And when millions tuned in to watch US President Donald Trump's lengthy interview with CBS News on Sunday, a brief look at a painting hanging in the White House captured the attention of many.

President Trump -the viewers noted- has a painting of himself seated to the table with others previous republican presidents, among them Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

Some like the newspaper editor Independent Journal Review, Josh Billinson, expressed on Twitter that the painting had not gone unnoticed.

"Oh, my God, he's hanging in the White House," Billinson tweeted.

"A gift"

Called The Republican Club, the work was created by Andy Thomas. The artist, who lives in Missouri, United States, was "ecstatic" to discover his art exhibited in the White House, he told the magazine Time.

The painting is said to be a gift from Republican congressman Darrell Issa.

"Truly not many people hang the regalos, they just put them in a closet somewhere, "Thomas said.

"Discovering that it is really hanging is sincerely a gift".

Thomas is known for having painted a series of iconic characters and events in the history of the United States, including several battles of the civil war and other paintings of presidents previous together.

The artist also painted a version equivalent to the scene portrayed in The Republican Club, but with Democratic presidents. In this Tweet of the American journalist Steven Ragan are observed both versions.

Both art critics and regular users rushed to offer their own views on social networks.

Some cataloged the picture as "vulgar" while others praised the talent of the artist. A user compared him to the comic character Alan Partridge.

"This painting is exactly the kind of picture Alan Partridge would have if he were president," he said.

Inevitably, others used photo editing tools to make their own arrangements to the scene portrayed.

In January, President Trump borrowed the fresh from Van Gogh Landscape with snow to the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The museum refused, but instead offered to lend him a gold toilet from his collection.

Who appear in the box?

  • Abraham Lincoln: one of the most celebrated leaders in the history of the United States. After becoming the sixteenth president of the country in 1861, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 that freed slaves in areas that were still under control of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. He was murdered in 1865.
  • Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt: he became the twenty-sixth president of the United States in September 1901 when President William McKinley was assassinated. He was re-elected in 1904. In 1906, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • Dwight Eisenhower: He was the supreme allied commander in Europe during World War II. He became the 34th president of the United States in 1953.
  • Richard Nixon: He was the vice president of Eisenhower. Elected to the presidency in 1968, it is the only one has resigned at your expense, which happened after the Watergate scandal.
  • Gerald Ford: he was the successor of Nixon and the only president of the United States who never won a national election of any kind. He had become vice president in 1973 when Spiro Agnew resigned amid charges of corruption. After the resignation of Nixon the following year, he became the 38th president of the country.
  • Ronald Reagan: He was elected as the 40th president in 1980. Reagan is seen as a key figure in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
  • George HW Bush: he served two terms as vice president of Reagan before being chosen to be his successor in 1988. With the Russian Mikhail Gorbachev, the two leaders declared the end of the Cold War in 1989.
  • George W. Bush: president number 43 in 2001. He oversaw the controversial "war against terrorism" that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Donald Trump: defeated Hillary Clinton who was the favorite to be chosen as president number 45 in 2016. The billionaire and ex-star of the reality show It is a divisive figure that enjoys broad support among Republicans, but similar levels of opposition among Democrats.



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