- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2016

The artist behind the iconic 2008 “Hope” poster of President Obama says he hasn’t been inspired enough by Hillary Clinton to illustrate the Democratic presidential nominee.

Some experts have credited Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster with giving Mr. Obama the push he needed to win the 2008 presidential election. This campaign season, the artist chose to target Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for a much different reason.

“Trump is dangerous,” Mr. Fairey, 46, told CNN in an interview published Monday.

“He’s a demagogue who’s a bigot and is sexist. He really has no respect for a lot of different people, no experience in politics, and is pursuing the presidency out of his own ego rather than a desire to create the greatest good for the greatest number of people,” he said.

On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton is hard to “pin down graphically” and Mr. Fairey hasn’t “found her inspiring enough” to illustrate, he told CNN.

“I haven’t always agreed with her,” Mr. Fairey said. “I was really disappointed in her support of the Iraq war. But I think she’s been on the right side of issues that I care about and we’re faced with a choice I think is a very, very clear choice.”

“I think Hillary Clinton is much better for the United States than Donald Trump,” he added.

Mr. Fairey spoke to CNN in Hong Kong while promoting his project “Visual Disobedience,” an exhibition of large-scale public murals that will be on display throughout November.

The artist recently collaborated with band Franz Ferdinand in creating a poster image for their new anti-Trump song “Demagogue,” The Huffington Post reported.

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