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Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is a newswriter at TPM based in New York. She previously worked for Vocativ, USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. You can reach her at cristina@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Cristina

Under President Donald Trump’s somber gaze, a majestic bald eagle soars toward the dawn of a new America. Clutched in the eagle’s talons is the star-spangled banner, fluttering with the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

With speakers like Sebastian Gorka and Boy Wonder Don Jr., this year’s CPAC lineup is feeling a little lackluster. But if the headliners don’t wow you, at least you’ll have the chance to buy this awe-inspiring painting of Trump. It’s what every red-blooded American patriot needs in their living room, and it’ll be sure to render your liberal niece speechless next Thanksgiving!

Julian Raven, who painted the work above, isn’t the only MAGArtist cranking out Trump-as-deity paintings, of course. Jon McNaughton’s artwork, which is equally reverent of POTUS, has gone viral too. And, folks, it’s some powerful stuff:

You see that? That’s our President mournfully restoring our embattled flag by, uh, rubbing another piece of cloth on it.

And of course we can’t forget Ben Garrison’s cruder yet no less deifying vision of Trump greatness:

Just look at those beefy biceps. They’re ready to pound liberal snowflakes with the full force of Trump’s facts and logic.

The reality is that Trump is, famously, a draft-dodger who’s raised a countless number of red flags with his foreign business dealings — all while living on a steady diet of Big Macs.

But for these artists and the rest of the MAGA crowd, it’s not about the real Trump. Trump is a symbol, and that symbol is a PC-smashing, flag-respecting, sixpack-having golden god who’s here to save America from the creeping tentacles of socialism and immigration.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trump not only owns one of these paintings himself, but has it on proud display in the White House.

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The New York Times on Wednesday pushed back on President Donald Trump’s accusation that their journalists didn’t contact him to verify their bombshell report about his Cohen investigation interference.

“The White House was given 5 days to respond to the details of our investigation,” the Times’ PR accounted tweeted in response. “The Times followed up multiple times but no response was given on the record until the President addressed the story after its publication.”

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Vice President Mike Pence triggered an awkward moment during his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Pence told attending international allies and foreign policy officials: “I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.”

Not a peep was heard from the audience in response.

After a full four seconds of silence, Pence continued on with his speech.

Watch the video captured by Axios below:

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R.E.M. wants President Donald Trump’s hands off their music, thank you very much.

The publisher of the rock band asked Twitter to remove a video Trump tweeted of his State of the Union speech that included their hit song “Everybody Hurts” late Friday night, according to CNBC. The video was originally created by pro-Trump Twitter account @CarpeDonktum.

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