How to Draw the White House Shooting
It started with a drawing of the president and his family at a beach in the Caribbean.
Then the drawing was made with a gun, and a white house.
A white house in the middle of nowhere.
Then the drawing of a white gun in the white house with a black man on top.
The drawing was so good, the president ordered a copy.
Then, a month later, a drawing from that drawing was posted to the president’s Instagram page.
The gun-toting black man was on top of the painting.
The picture was shared over a million times.
The president did not appear to notice.
Instead, he continued to tweet about the drawing.
Later, on the White house lawn, the drawing that the president had posted on Instagram became the most-watched Instagram photo of the White Capitol grounds.
The gun-and-white-house drawing became the first image that President Donald Trump posted on his official account to his nearly one million followers.
It was just another snapshot of a moment in time, but in this instance, it became an icon.
And so, the next day, a day after the first drawing went viral, the Trump administration ordered the Justice Department to take legal action against the drawing artist.
The painting, according to an administration official, was “a blatant attempt to violate the First Amendment and the president, a blatant attempt by the White HOUSE to discriminate against Americans of color, by using a depiction of the President as the primary target of his hatred and hate.”
The official said the painting would be removed from the Whitehouse grounds and placed on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The painting, the official said, would be taken down by Wednesday morning.
A few days later, the painting’s original owner — the WhiteHouse.gov — posted on its official Instagram account that the drawing had been removed.
In response, the Obama administration took the WhiteHOUSE art, the original owner said, “to show the world that our administration stands for equality and tolerance and respect for all Americans.”
The WhiteHouse responded to the legal action Thursday, saying it was “deeply concerned” by the administration’s actions and that it had asked the Justice Dept. to remove the painting from the grounds and place it on display.