New Yorker cover depicts Trump sailing with the Klan
The upcoming cover of The New Yorker depicts President Trump in a boat with sails that resemble the hood of a Ku Klux Klansmen.
The cover art, titled “Blowhard” by artist David Plunkert, focuses on Trump’s statements Tuesday in which he blamed “both sides” for violence caused by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend that left one dead and dozens injured.
Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the protest that included neo-Nazis.
“President Trump’s weak pushback to hate groups — as if he was trying not to alienate them as voters — compelled me to take up my pen,” Plunkert said in a press release.
“A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that’s extremely scary.”
Several reporters on Twitter were quick to note an emerging theme on America’s newsstands, pointing out similar cover art on magazines including Time and The Economist.
Next week’s newsstands: pic.twitter.com/ZEqfESHSKR
— Adam ⚡️ Sneed (@atsneed) August 17, 2017
Trump has faced heavy criticism for his response to the violence in Virginia over the weekend. On Monday, Trump condemned the KKK and neo-Nazis in a statement, a change from his initial statement blaming “many sides” for the violence.
“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said on Monday.
But on Tuesday, Trump doubled down on his initial remarks, again blaming “both sides” for violence and accusing “alt-left” counterprotesters of charging at white nationalist demonstrators “without a permit.”
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