“The Kiss” by Maryte Collard
This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
I am an American citizen living in Lithuania. I love America and I care about what is happening there and I care about the future of my country. That’s why I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. But even more importantly, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump because of what his presidency looks like from here.
The idea that Putin may have helped Trump to win an election and to become a president worries and scares me. It worries and scares not only me, but most Europeans, especially those living in Baltic countries. Finally we are free and we don’t want to go back under the yoke of Russia. We don’t want to experience the destiny of Crimea. It is possible because we have a border with Russia. It can also be possible because of the romance between President Trump and President Putin.
Trump’s romance with Putin lately has changed to a theatrical standoff as an attempt to cover up the romance. Either romance or an extreme confrontation will not make the world a safer place and will not make us here safer as well. President Trump must understand that Russia has never been a friend of the United States of America. It looks like he can’t see this simple truth from America but we can clearly see it from here.
Based on original art by Dominykas Ceckauskas and Mindaugas Bonanu of www.trumpkissingputin.com and used with permission.