Australian artist Illma Gore was attacked and beaten by a fanatical Donald Trump supporter in California last Friday. In the attack, which has reportedly not been resolved by police but is being investigated, a man jumped out of a car and beat her in the face while shouting “Trump 2016.”
Gore is “an Australian-American artist, who lives and works in Los Angeles, and [is] a gender fluid feminist performance and street artist.” She says of herself, “I create artwork based on my predictions and thoughts of the future. ”
Gore posted to Instagram documenting her injuries and experience, which you can see below. You can find her personal response to the attack — which is remarkably eloquent — in the caption to the top image.
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 feel like I am homeless again. 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.
“Art is the lie that allows us to see the truth.” Pablo Picasso. I am not deterred by this. Thanks for everyone’s support. If anyone saw anything on La Cienega on Friday, please let the local authorities know. Black Honda Civic with a group of people in the car.
A photo posted by Illma Gore (@illmagore) on
The attack was presumably in connection to one of her most recent pieces of art.
Gore created the now viral image of an unflatteringly nude Donald Trump. In the aftermath of the dissemination of the image, Gore says she received up to thousands of death threats.
In addition, the piece is housed overseas and was at one time for sale, although it has since been blocked from both Ebay and Facebook. When it was for sale, Gore says that she received a phone call from an anonymous number threatening legal action if the sale went through. The person on the other end of the phone claimed to be from “Trump’s team.”
The fact that a piece of art provokes such a response from Trump supporters relates the level at which the Trump camp operates. They are not about real issues important to the nation, or the people in the nation. They are about their personal feelings of being manly enough. Art that isn’t perfectly nice to them make them freak out like animals.
This violence is not new or unique to this situation. The riot-type mayhem associated with Trump rallies only grows. Recently, Trump spoke in California, where riots broke out that were so violent that a police car was smashed and dozens were arrested.
And now that he is effectively the nominee for the Republican Party, the most reliable predictor cannot be trusted as to what will happen next. Trump has as clear of a shot at the White House as he ever has. He has already spoken about his proposals to silence opposition to his regime. He suggests both vastly widening the ability to prosecute journalists for “libel,” and, recently, he said that he would prohibit members of the military from speaking to the media.
It’s do or die time. Trump has officially taken on the entire nation. And if he wasn’t able to be stopped by the Republicans, then the rest of the nation better get busy.