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No cover for Trump: Time, Economist, New Yorker open fire over white supremacy defence

The cover art criticises Donald Trump’s defence of far-right rally.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2017 20:20 IST
Zehra Kazmi
Zehra Kazmi
Hindustan Times
Donald Trump,Economist,New Yorker

If he looked at news stands this week, US president Donald Trump would certainly not be happy. The covers of leading magazines such as the New Yorker, Economist and Time sharply criticised the president over his defence of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended in the murder of Heather Heyer.

The Economist’s cover shows Donald Trump holding up a Ku Klux Klan hood as a megaphone. The KKK, which first reared its ugly head in late 1860s, is a white-supremacist movement, with a history of violence against African Americans. The Klansmen typically wore pointy white hats with slits for eyes and white hoods.

The accompanying editorial is equally scathing, calling Trump a “politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office.”

The cover of the New Yorker also makes a strong connection between Trump and white supremacy. The KKK’s signature hood pops up here too, this time as the sail of a ship that Trump’s sailing in. The cover is simply titled ‘Blowhard’. David Plunkett, the artist behind the cover told the New Yorker, “ 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.”

The Klan hat is featured in a blistering cartoon by the Guardian, where it seamlessly merges with the White House architecture.

Time Magazine’s latest cover, titled ‘Hate in America’, shows a man in draped in the American star-and-stripes in the middle of a Nazi salute.

Trump had initially apportioned the blame equally on both sides, but was pressured into condemning the violence and bigotry at display in the far-right rally. However, on Tuesday, he backtracked again, blaming the ‘alt-left’ as much as the alt-right.

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 20:20 IST