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Richard Kraft

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All the Yellow and Red Cards issued to Donald Trump
from January 20, 2017 to January 19, 2018


On January 20, 2017, when Donald Trump was inaugurated President of the United States, I (along with many others) felt an urgency to keep a close watch on his presidency and to refuse the normalization of his ascendancy to an office for which he is completely unqualified.

One year later, there is no doubt that he is a pathological liar, a racist, a misogynist, a bully, a cheat. In the words of New York Times columnist Charles Blow, he is “a national stain and an international embarrassment.”

Since his inauguration, I have been tracking his actions on a daily basis, and, in the fashion of a soccer referee, assigning colored cards traditionally associated with transgressing rules and codes of conduct in the game.

A “yellow” card indicates a warning. A “red” card signifies a dismissal. Two “yellow” cards for related, sequential offences, earns a “red”— indicated in the videos by a red field with a small yellow triangle.

Adding to the lexicon, a “dark blue” card is shown to members of the Trump administration as they are fired or resign. “Light blue” cards are awarded to people who have publicly stood up to Trump and/or instigated acts of resistance.

The piece itself takes multiple forms. In addition to the videos shown here, each card is painted on a 7×5” wood panel. The “key” for the piece is a set of drawings with annotations for each card.