JUPITER, FLORIDA: Donald Trump Jr. stirred a storm of controversy with his Thanksgiving message, taking aim at the FBI in a post that garnered widespread backlash.
The former president’s son, utilizing platform X (formerly Twitter), shared a painting reminiscent of Norman Rockwell’s iconic style, portraying a family gathered for a Thanksgiving meal while an FBI agent stands outside their window, gun in hand.
In his post, Trump Jr. wrote: “Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving… Be thankful that the FBI is watching the real domestic, terror threats!!!!” The depiction seemed to mimic Rockwell’s famous scenes depicting American life and values, albeit with a stark twist introducing the FBI agent as an intrusive figure.
Rockwell was an iconic American painter and illustrator known for his illustrations depicting everyday American life. His art, often featured on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post, captured the essence of the nation’s culture, values, and aspirations.
Rockwell’s works have resonated deeply with audiences for their nostalgic, heartwarming portrayals of American life, making him a celebrated figure in the world of American art.
The motives behind Trump Jr.’s criticism remain ambiguous, with no explicit target identified within the FBI. However, his sentiment echoes the chorus of accusations from prominent right-wing figures, alleging the agency’s political biases favor Democrats and allegedly target Republicans for political ends, according to Rolling Stone.
Highlighting this narrative, in October, reports surfaced revealing the FBI’s classification of MAGA followers as a new category of extremists, as outlined by Newsweek. This move further fueled claims of the agency’s perceived bias against conservative groups.
Moreover, the FBI’s actions regarding the search and seizure of documents from Donald Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, in August 2022 as part of an investigation into classified documents’ hoarding after his presidential term, drew significant attention. Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing in this regard.
Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving… Be thankful that the FBI is watching the real domestic, terror threats!!!! pic.twitter.com/00TpM7N3Ka
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 24, 2023