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Here's How Magazine Covers Are Depicting The Condition Of The United States


Posted on August 17, 2017, at 5:53 p.m. ET

On Tuesday — following backlash for how he handled the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — President Donald Trump angrily defended the white supremacist protesters. At that same press conference, he began what has become a repeated mantra: an attempt to associate Confederate leader Robert E. Lee with President George Washington. On Thursday, he called Confederate monuments "beautiful."

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Staffs of US magazines have responded to the president's actions with their cover art. On this week's cover of The Economist, Trump yells into a Klan hood megaphone.

@TheEconomist / Twitter / Via Twitter: @TheEconomist

And on the upcoming New Yorker cover, Trump's breath provides the wind for a KKK hood sail. Artist David Plunkert made the cover, entitled “Blowhard."

My first cover for The New Yorker entitled "Blowhard."

@plunkert / Twitter / Via Twitter: @plunkert

"Plunkert seldom takes on political subject matter, but felt moved to do so in light of Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville," a caption on the New Yorker's Instagram read.

Plunkert told the magazine: “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."

Time's new cover, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez, does not depict the president. It instead features a person draped in an American flag giving a Nazi salute.

TIME’s new cover: Behind the hate in America

@TIME / Twitter / Via Twitter: @TIME

Many people pointed out how the covers did not hold back in terms of force of imagery. @adamhamz tweeted: "the new yorker is, uh, not fucking around with this cover next week."

the new yorker is, uh, not fucking around with this cover next week

@adamhamz / Twitter / Via Twitter: @adamhamz

"Wow, New Yorker cover certainly pulling no punches @realDonaldTrump is it? Sailing by on your own hateful views."

Wow, New Yorker cover certainly pulling no punches @realDonaldTrump is it? Sailing by on your own hateful views.

@sangio_davese / Twitter / Via Twitter: @sangio_davese

This person called The Economist cover "harrowing."

@hannahms28 / Twitter / Via Twitter: @hannahms28

When the ECONOMIST is calling you a racist

@itsjondavis / Twitter / Via Twitter: @itsjondavis

The Economist gets this week's cover just right.

@Amy_Siskind / Twitter / Via Twitter: @Amy_Siskind

This is 2017 — on your local newsstand.

That's quite some cover from @TIME magazine.

@alanferrier / Twitter / Via Twitter: @alanferrier

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.