At every campaign rally for candidate Donald Trump, the chant could be heard over and over again -- "Drain the swamp, drain the swamp!"
Trump had promised voters as part of his campaign to drain the veritable swamp that was Washington D.C. politics.
The imagery has followed Trump since his election, and while supporters still think the President is making good on his promise, critics are convinced the swamp is deeper than ever.
And that's exactly the debate a new painting of Trump has sparked once again.
Conservative artist Jon McNaughton caused a social media craze on Tuesday after posting a new painting he titled “Crossing the Swamp.”
A take-off of the iconic painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, McNaughton depicts Trump and his administration traversing a swamp in front of the Capitol building.
McNaughton identifies as a Trump supporter, using the hashtag #MAGA in his Twitter bio, but that hasn't seemed to stop the widely different meanings people have taken from his work.
Twitter couldn't seem to figure out if the painting was praising or criticizing Trump.
Is that a parody?— idahogie (@danielmhenry) August 1, 2018
Two guys in front of Trump are paddling backwards.
I love it! Really shows Trump just smack dab in the middle of the swamp, right where he belongs.— SuperJonny64 (@SuperJonny64) August 1, 2018
Unintentionally accurate and funny as a lost Trump has turned Washington into a swamp by hiring the most corrupt people.— Gary Denton (@EasterLemming) August 1, 2018
But the work still inspired a chain of amazing interpretations.
And while everyone seemed to agree that the painting sent a strong metaphorical message, they just couldn't agree on what that message was.
I Love it! Really depicts what is going on. DRAIN THAT SWAMP MR. PRESIDENT. The American People need it drained and soon so we can have a Fair Government to rule our nation.— Virginia Coleman (@Vlv7Coleman) August 1, 2018
Well ... The swamp was there before, but, far from draining it, Donald Trump has done the equivalent of piping a bunch of nuclear and chemical waste into it. Every day he is in office the mud gets more toxic, and the less likely it becomes that we will ever dig ourselves out.— Alejandro deGutierre (@ADegutierre) August 1, 2018
Great painting. The libs cannot stand all his successes. I am thrilled with his performance and the results he is attaining. When has a President done so much in a such a short time. Still trying to figure out one thing Obama did that helped any American?— David Michael McCart (@DavidMichaelMc8) July 31, 2018
Just lost at night, rowing in circles, because of their "leadership"... perfect metaphor of this administration. BRAVO— A. R. G. (@AdamRobGoCop) July 31, 2018
Political opinions aside, it's hard to deny that the painting is a masterpiece.
It's only missing one thing...