A Southern California artist who painted a nude portrait of Donald Trump claims she was punched in the face by a man who yelled “Trump 2016.”
On Friday, Illma Gore claims she was confronted by a violent, shirtless man who jumped out of a car as she was walking to an art supply store near La Cienega Boulevard, reports NBC 4.
“All I could hear was ‘Trump 2016,'” Gore told the TV station. “He got out and punched me in the face and said ‘Trump 2016’ — then he drove off.”
Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, "Trump 2016!" in Los Angeles, just days after I returned home from London just down the road from my house. Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially though art, I think violence is disgusting. To live in a place where Facebook has given my address to an anonymous third party makes me anxious. This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn't safe. 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. @realdonaldtrump Please stop glamorizing and perpetuating violence. Make America Decent Again! #makeamericadecentagain No, they have not been caught, and the men drove off laughing. A detailed police report has been filed.
Gore reported the incident to the LAPD who are investigating.
Gore claims she has received multiple threats since her painting of Trump, titled “Make America Great Again” went viral. The painting depicts Trump not packing much down there.
Despite the incident and the threats, Gore says that while she has no regrets, she is afraid for other artists.
“I am scared for America, and for the future for myself and for artists,” Gore said. “Whoever hit me should take responsibility for their actions as well. It’s cowardly not to.”