Removal of Norman Rockwell paintings from the White House sparks right-wing conspiracy theories

The White House in Washington DC (AFP via Getty Images)

The removal of a set of paintings from display at the White House because the owners wanted them back has become the latest tepid line of attack for conservatives.

political playbook reported Tuesday that a set of iconic Norman Rockwell paintings depicting various people waiting to meet with the president were removed and replaced with images of Biden after the family of Franklin D Roosevelt’s press secretary, Steven Early, I applied a year ago. behind.

Experts told the publication that one of the reasons for their return could be the higher value the paintings now have after their White House display.

The four sketches have been on display for decades, after the artist himself gave them to Mr. Early.

But the lack of an official statement from the Early family was enough to turn the wheels of the right-wing conspiracy industry, which has been hard at work this week to find a reason to criticize Joe Biden over the news.

“Yes, the White House replaced Norman Rockwell paintings with giant photos of Joe Biden, and no one can explain why,” wrote Charlie Spiering of the right-wing Breitbart News, suggesting an elaborate plot was brewing despite the explanation. awarded by the White House.

“If Donald Trump deleted four famous photos in the White House to get more photos of himself, the media would be having a field day. So why does Joe Biden get a pass? Because he is a Democrat and the media is desperate to defend him no matter what,” wrote Dan Eberhart, a pro-Trump cable news commentator who falsely attributed the removal of the paintings to Biden and not the family who actually owned them. .

Not to be outdone, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted that it was “shameful” for the White House to return the property to its rightful owners at their request. the independent has reached out to ask why that is.

Tweets aside, the incident is a good example of how the right-wing media outlets (and subsequently the politicians who consume them) fall for baseless conspiracies and end up in the realm of disinformation out of sheer zeal resulting from his desire to attack the Democrats. or “the left” in general.

The story comes on the heels of another example of that trend that emerged when far-right conspiracist congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene questioned during a live broadcast whether the recent mass shootings were part of a plot to enact gun control.

“[A]”As soon as we get to MAGA month, as soon as we get to month, we’re all celebrating, loving our country, we’ve got shootings on the 4th of July,” he suggested on his podcast Wednesday, adding: “It almost sounds like it was designed to persuade Republicans to accept gun control.”

Lucille Bridges, mother of Ruby Bridges, with Norman Rockwell's painting depicting her daughter's courageous attendance at a newly desegregated high school in Louisiana in 1960 (AP)

Lucille Bridges, mother of Ruby Bridges, with Norman Rockwell’s painting depicting her daughter’s courageous attendance at a newly desegregated high school in Louisiana in 1960 (AP)

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is one of America’s most celebrated painters, best known for his book and magazine illustrations, portraits of presidents such as Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nixon, and, later in life, paintings addressing issues of civil rights, such as one representing schoolgirl Ruby Bridges, the first black student to attend the recently desegregated William Frantz High School in Louisiana.

that painting, The problem we all live withit is in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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