The genesis for Donald Trump and the Bald Eagle: A Conversation in Our Nation's Capitol, November 8, 2016, was the unparalleled tenor of the U.S.’s presidential race, and Trump’s ultimate Electoral College victory – a stark contrast to Hillary Clinton’s clear win of the popular vote.
As Cuban exiles, my family and I fled Communism to live in the freedom afforded by this great nation. Being personally familiar with the signature qualities of a dictator, I recognize in Mr. Trump some very dangerous autocratic tendencies reminiscent of Fidel and Raul Castro. And I am afraid.
For the first time since my arrival on American soil in 1961, I feel that our civil liberties are seriously threatened. I feel that our country has experienced a kind of death of the ideals, civility, and integrity in public discourse that have guided and informed so much of our legislative process.
These ruminations led me to think about American flags that honor the memory of deceased Veterans who have served honorably in the military. It occurred to me to create a kind of memorial to the U.S. I used the colors of the flag: red, white, and blue. However, I focused on the shape of a triangle, reminiscent of triangular-shaped flag cases. All of the statements (except for Whose hair is weirder, mine or yours?) are verbatim quotes from Trump. The Bald Eagle’s responses echo my own. The red, white, and blue feathers are the feathers that the eagle lost in its tortuous tango with Trump.