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    Netizens Poke Fun at 'Cringy' Fantasy Painting of Trump With GOP Presidents

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    On Sunday night, CBS aired Donald Trump's far-ranging interview with Lesley Stahl. It was not only his take on foreign relations and internal affairs that garnered viewers' attention, however: at some point during the interview, CBS's cameras captured a gaudy painting hanging in a room in the White House that is now doing the rounds online.

    It portrays a slimmed-down Trump in an idyllic scene, enjoying the company of his Republican predecessors, including Ronald Raegan, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, and both Bushes.

    Most "art connoisseurs" on social media were frosty about the painting, criticizing the artist's flattering portrayal of the president's physique.

    It seemed to some like a perfect moment to submit their own renditions.

    A bunch of other fantasy pictures have emerged on Twitter, with users jokingly pushing for a vote to determine the best one.

    The picture is said to be a nod to "Dogs Playing Poker," a much-mocked painting that is widely considered a "kitsch masterpiece."

    The work is called "The Republican Club," and its creator, Andy Thomas, said that Trump doesn't have the original. The one hanging in the White House is a print, which was a gift to the president from GOP Congressman Darrell Issa; the original in still in Thomas's studio. "He (Donald Trump) had actually given me a real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it," Thomas told The Daily Beast. "He was very complimentary. He made a comment that he'd seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them."


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