Sketch artist responds to critics who say he made Trump ‘too young,’ ‘good looking’

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Sketch artist responds to critics who say he made Trump ‘too young,’ ‘good looking’

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A courtroom sketch artist is speaking out after critics attacked him for making former President Donald Trump look “too young” and “good looking” during his arraignment last week.

Trump was indicted on 37 federal charges in relation to retaining national defense documents, making false statements, and conspiring to obstruct justice in a Miami federal court last Tuesday, and William J. Hennessy Jr. was charged with portraying his likeness, according to a report.

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The 65-year-old’s sketches of the former president have gone viral on social media for their youthful and healthy depiction of Trump.

“Is this William J Hennessy Jr’s audition to do Trumps official Whitehouse portrait?” one Twitter user commented.

“They got Trump looking like ‘Prince of Tides’ Nick Nolte in this sketch,” another user tweeted.

“Yeah, that was a very generous artist,” one user said.

Hennessy, who was one of three artists drawing Trump, appeared surprised that his work has drawn so much attention, the report noted.

“It’s rare I get any kind of feedback,” he said. “Some said he looked too thin, too young, and some said he looked too good.”

Most of the negative comments came from people who did not seem like fans of the 45th president, the artist said.

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They “didn’t care much for Trump,” according to Hennessy, who added he did not intend to opine through his work.

“I don’t editorialize,” he said. “I just draw what I see.”

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