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Oregon bar removes painting linking Trump to Hitler

Patrons said it was hard to enjoy themselves next to the large portrait of the Nazi leader promoting the Republican candidate

A painting of Adolf Hitler wearing a hat with Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," by Portland Jewish artist Matthew Abelman, was been taken down from the Night Light Lounge on August 7, 2016. (screen capture: KATU)
A painting of Adolf Hitler wearing a hat with Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," by Portland Jewish artist Matthew Abelman, was been taken down from the Night Light Lounge on August 7, 2016. (screen capture: KATU)

A bar in Portland, Oregon, removed a painting it had displayed of Adolf Hitler wearing a hat with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

The Portland artist, Matthew Abelman, who is Jewish, said the painting, “Hat Sales Are Up Again,” was satirical in intent.

“I saw a great number of parallels ideologically between fascism of the ’30s in Europe and the movement gathering to a roar right now,” he said of the painting, which was part of an exhibit mounted on August 5.

The bar, Night Light Lounge, took it down shortly after it was displayed, reported KATU 2, an ABC affiliate.

“We got a couple comments that that imagery, nothing about the political stance of the piece, just that imagery is a little hard to look at when you’re trying to hang out with friends and have a good time,” Christopher Gutierrez, the bar owner, told the TV station in a news segment broadcast Monday.

Abelman said Facebook posters complaining the painting was “insensitive to the Jewish plight, which is funny, because I myself am Jewish.”

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