Illma Gore was allegedly punched in the face over her NSFW portrait of the Republican candidate
Gore, who has already received death threats from Trump backers, posted an image of the resulting black eye on her Instagram account on Saturday. She also included a brief explanation of the attack, which apparently saw her get “punched in the face” by a male supporter of the billionaire businessman.
“Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, ‘Trump 2016!’ in Los Angeles,” the artist shared in the caption. “Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially through art, I think violence is disgusting.”
Sadly, it’s not the first time that a Trump supporter has resorted to physical violence. Back in March, a black protestor was filmed being shoved and sucker-punched at one of the candidate’s campaign rallies. During a similar pro-Trump demonstration in California last Thursday, police were forced to arrest 20 people after car windows were broken and bricks were thrown.
“This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn't safe,” Gore continued. “I am sad that this is the state of our America right now. I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don't find words enough to express their opinions – they need walls, waterboarding, and punches.”
Her infamous painting, titled ‘Make America Great Again’, was put on display in London’s Maddox Gallery last month after it went viral in February. It has since been valued at over £100,000 – though Gore claims that she has been threatened with legal action by an anonymous source if she were ever to sell it.