President Donald Trump seemed to move the goal posts for what would be acceptable for his “border wall” this week.
Speaking in the Oval Office, he said:
“I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen. [Not until] we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want. But it’s all the same thing. It’s a barrier from people pouring into our country.”
Trump’s diversion from his insistence on a “wall” was not lost on Jim Carrey, who created one of his now famous anti-Trump paintings, slamming him for changing the terminology of what he would accept as a barrier at the border.
As Carrey tweeted:
“Remember Trump’s loyal zombies chanting, ‘Build That Fence’ at his rallies??? Me neither!” the actor wrote.
Remember Trump’s loyal zombies chanting, “Build That Fence” at his rallies???
Me neither! pic.twitter.com/yBYwtbDriB
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 26, 2018
Reactions to Carrey’s painting were mixed.
There were those who liked it:
I think u were way too nice with his hair there Jim.
— 🏳️🌈- NJ – Petra Petrova – NJ -🏳️🌈 (@Sashinka2Cute) December 26, 2018
Thanks, Jim. This is excellent.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) December 26, 2018
And those who signaled their support for the president and urged the actor, who received U.S. citizenship in 2004, to return to his native Canada.
Yes. Love our President Trump.
— Ruggs (@Truggs4) December 27, 2018
Imagine my dismay in the 90’s when you were actually relevant. I go to the theater and they have walls up. They make ME Get a ticket!! I should have been able to walk in and get everything for free. 🤷♂️
— America 1st🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Hope4America23) December 28, 2018
This is far from the first time Carrey has made headlines for using his art to criticize the president. The actor recently opened an art show titled “IndigNation” at the Maccarone Gallery in Los Angeles which features 108 pen-and-ink drawings from his Twitter feed from 2016-2018.
Carrey has referred to the president’s base as “zombies” before.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 3, 2017
He also once depicted Special Counsel Robert Mueller putting the proverbial “squeeze” on the president:
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 1, 2018
And earlier this year submitted his contribution of the official portrait of Trump to the National Portrait Gallery.
Dear Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery @NPG, I know it’s early but I’d like to submit this as the official portrait of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump. It’s called, 'You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?' pic.twitter.com/LrCmlXXpv7
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 29, 2018
Last month, Carrey said his own management team warned him that talking about politics on social media could alienate his audience.
“It was interesting, because when I first starting playing on Twitter like everyone else, I got in trouble because I was honest,” Carrey said during a Vulture festival panel.
The actor stressed that he doesn’t mind if he loses fans who happen to support the president:
“A terrible thing to be on Twitter! It was a little scary, and I became an activist when it comes to this political stuff. There was a lot of pressure on me from my management going like, ‘don’t mess this up, you got it going good and people love you, when you talk about politics and other issues, you’re going to lose half of your audience.’ And I said, ‘lose them.’ “
The president, meanwhile, has implied that the government shutdown will likely continue into January and blamed Democrats “will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about.”
I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
Yesterday, the president generated controversy after he claimed, without offering any evidence, that “most of the people not getting paid” during the current government shutdown are Democrats.