Hate in America: 3 devastating magazine covers on Charlottesville’s aftermath

Last weekend’s deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and President Donald Trump’s disturbing response to it were the subjects of a trio of jarring national magazine covers unveiled Thursday.

The New Yorker cover features an illustration called “Blowhard” by artist David Plunkert, showing Trump blowing a sailboat — but the sail is a Ku Klux Klan hood.

“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 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.”

The Economist cover features a similar illustration by Jon Berkeley, showing Trump speaking through a megaphone resembling a Klan hood.

Time magazine took a different approach, with an illustration called “Hate in America” by Edel Rodriguez showing a protester draped in the American flag giving a Nazi salute. “These people are hiding behind the flag and the idea of patriotism it connotes,” Rodriguez told Time

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 . “They are taking advantage of what the flag guarantees them — freedom of speech — to further an agenda of hatred.”

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