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Trump-loving artist sues the Smithsonian because it refuses to display his widely mocked presidential mural

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Julian Raven, the conservative artist whose massive mural of President Donald Trump drew widespread hackles when it was shown at CPAC 2019, believes that his work deserves a wider audience.

The Daily Beast reports that Raven has “has been locked for years in a legal battle” to get his 16-foot-wide Trump mural displayed at the Smithsonian Museum, which has so far been cool to giving his work space.

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Raven recently lost his case before D.C.’s U.S. District Court to force the Smithsonian to display the Trump painting, but he tells the Daily Beast that he’s prepared to take his fight to the highest court in the land.

“I have this incredible, unprecedented case that may go all the way to the Supreme Court,” he says.

Raven claims that the director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery told him two years ago that his painting of Trump was “too political” and “too big” to display. Raven says the director also told him that his painting was “no good.”

Raven also complains to the Daily Beast that his giant Trump painting has hurt his career as an artist, on the grounds that the art world “is controlled by very strong political ideologies on the left.”

“It’s been a very uncertain and oftentimes very discouraging journey that did affect negatively my art career,” Raven says. “My art sales just took a nosedive.”

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Read the whole profile of Raven here.


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BLM activist details FBI visit to her home: ‘This is why this president is so dangerous’

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President Donald Trump's incitement of racism in his supporters was blasted by Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza on Friday.

"The FBI visited my house today," she revealed on Twitter.

"They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others," she explained.

"This is why this President is so dangerous," she continued. "He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling."

"I’m ok y’all, but this sh*t is not ok. Vote this muthaf*cka out," she suggested. "For real."

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Did a maskless Trump supporter flash a ‘white power’ sign at his The Villages rally?

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Did a maskless supporter of President Donald J. Trump really just flash a "white power" sign at his rally at The Villages in Florida?

The sign, with the thumb and index finger’s tips touching while the other three fingers are extended was traditionally known as the okay symbol.

Southern Poverty Law Center said the hand signal is "used ironically by a number of Trump supporters at far-right rallies. It’s been particularly prominent among far-right street protesters such as the Proud Boys and the Northwest-based Patriot Prayer, whose members have prominently displayed the sign in group photos and during street protests."

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Marine One buzzes the crowd as Trump holds rally at the nation’s largest retirement community

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Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" played in the background as Marine One hovered over the crowd at The Villages in Florida before landing at the first of two rallies for President Donald J. Trump Friday afternoon.

As CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller wrote, it's Trump's "51st visit to Florida, his most frequent destination, and his 5th rally" in the state this year.

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