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How Illustrators Have Used Their Artwork to React to the Presidential Election of Donald Trump


The world witnessed one of the greatest political upsets this past Tuesday as Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Winning less than half of the popular vote (but a majority of the electoral vote), people are in shock at the outcome—Hillary Clinton had the odds stacked in her favor prior to November 8. To convey the anger, hurt, fear, and disappointment that accompanies a Trump win, many have taken to social media. Artists and illustrators, in particular, have channeled their emotions into paintings and cartoons.

Similar to Brexit, creatives around the world have expressed their opinion on the presidential race. Some encapsulate feelings of despair by using the Statue of Liberty as a surrogate for those millions of people who never wanted Trump in office. Others imagine American symbols—like the bald eagle and Air Force One—adorned with his cornsilk combover. And one illustrator, Christopher David Ryan (aka @hellocdr), just wants to give Clinton a big hug.

Check out how others have reacted to the results of the election, below.

Above image credit: @hellocdr
Image credit: @lucille_clerc
Image credit: @yangblog
Image credit: Steve Breen
Image credit: @ygreck
Image credit: @cdrbighug
Image credit: @littleteashi
Image credit: @marceldzama
Image credit: Jeff Delgado
Image credit: @rafaelmantesso
Image credit: Mark Knight

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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