The cover of this week's Economist features President Trump, something that would normally thrill him. He might not be as pleased, however, with this artist's take on his Presidency. The cover depicts President Trump using a Ku Klux Klan hood as a megaphone, and is meant to accompany their cover story, "Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president."
The magazine will be released on Saturday, a week after the deadly rallies in Charlottesville. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have criticized Trump's response to the tragedy. On the day of the protests, Trump gave a statement that criticized violence "on both sides," failing to condemn white supremacist groups like the KKK and the so-called "alt-right."
After two days of intense pressure, Trump gave a press conference on Monday, August 14. He condemned all hate groups. But the following day, perhaps annoyed that he was pressured into saying, "Nazis are bad," President Trump went off-script during what was supposed to be a ceremonial bill-signing related to infrastructure. He went to great lengths to defend white supremacists and denounce anti-facist protesters as equally violent.
A real magazine cover to frame and display at his golf clubs.— Emil L Stark (@emillstark1) August 17, 2017
His unsteady response contains a terrible message for Americans. Far from being the savior of the Republic, their president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office.
Following Trump's explosive Tuesday press briefing, white supremacists rejoiced on social media. Former KKK leader David Duke thanked Trump for his comments, and famous white nationalist Richard Spencer praised them for being "fair and down to earth."
Mr. Trump has complicated the task of containing their marches and keeping the peace. [His] inept politics stem from a moral failure.
This is a dangerous moment. America is cleft in two.