Sarah Levy has used her menstrual blood to make a portrait of the controversial hotel owner and aspiring presidential candidate – now she’s selling it to raise money for immigrants
Despite a slew of "what the fuck did he just say" soundbites dropping out of his mouth with alarming regularity, Donald Trump retains a worrying amount of popularity in America. The hotel entrenepeur and political candidate holds first place in his bid to lead the Republican party in the presidential elections. He does this despite describing Mexicans as "rapists" and continuously boasting about his IQ on Twitter. He is outspoken when it comes to immigration, promising to build a wall on the border of Mexico and deport the 11 million "illegal immigrants" living in the USA.
In a televised TV debate broadcast at the beginning of August, Trump was hit with a hard line of questioning by a journalist called Megyn Kelly and asked to clarify his comments calling women "fat pigs" and "slobs". After being rattled by Kelly’s persistence, he said afterwards on CNN, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” Trump was implying (or just straight up saying) that she was angry because she was on her period, a common and terribly dull cliche.
In response to Trump’s deflective remarks about a woman’s menstrual cycle and his hardline stance on immigration, an artist called Sarah Levy from Portland has painted a portrait of Donald Trump using her own period blood. It’s called Whatever and was posted on Facebook with the hashtag #periodsarenotaninsult. Levy hopes to sell the painting online to the highest bidder and donate the money to an immigrants’ rights organisation. She told Buzzfeed: "That he thinks he can bring up the healthy functioning of women’s reproductive systems to insult women’s intelligence is a big problem that I think needs to be called out."
Completed on Saturday, Levy warned that Whatever is no longer blood red and has turned dark brown. Head to the artist’s Facebook page for information on how to bid.