Twenty-four-year-old artist Illma Gore, who’s known for her viral artwork Make America Great Again, says that she was assaulted by a Trump supporter last week while walking to her home in Los Angeles. In an Instagram post of her wounded face she uploaded on Friday, Gore claims she was followed by a car of men chanting “Trump 2016!” before one of the men emerged from the car and hit her:
Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, “Trump 2016!” in Los Angeles, just days after I returned home from London just down the road from my house. Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially though art, I think violence is disgusting. To live in a place where Facebook has given my address to an anonymous third party makes me feel like I am homeless again. This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn’t safe. I am sad that this is the state of our America right now. I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don’t find words enough to express their opinions - they need walls, waterboarding and punches. @realdonaldtrump Please stop glamorizing and perpetuating violence. Make America Decent Again! #makeamericadecentagain No, they have not been caught, and the men drove off laughing. A detailed police report has been filed.
Gore told the Daily News that she received many threats on social media after her artwork went viral, but that “this is the first physical attack.”