Artist Attempts to Turn the Number 45 Into a Symbol of White Supremacy

Trump critic's swastika-like symbol goes viral

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An artist's visual attempt to turn the number "45" into a swastika-like symbol of white supremacy has gone viral, appearing widely on social media.

In February, Austin-based artist Mike Mitchell decided he wanted to "tarnish" the number 45 because President Donald Trump was proud of it as a symbol of his presidency.


Mitchell is an avid critic of Trump who characterizes the President as a "white supremacist." One of Mitchell's tweets, which contained the image, was retweeted 14,000 times after it grabbed the attention of GQ special correspondent and former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.

Anti-Trump protesters and activists have adopted the symbol. Mitchell has made the image available in a high-res file for "personal use."

In an interview with Co.Design, the artist, referring to Trump, said, "Impeach this idiot already."

Mitchell's previous claim-to-fame was the campaign-style image he created to support late-night host Conan O'Brien during his contractual dispute with NBC.