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.
My first cover for The New Yorker entitled “Blowhard.” pic.twitter.com/OjnjELalVP
— David Plunkert (@plunkert) August 17, 2017
“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.
Our cover this week pic.twitter.com/lYD3HLXvSC
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 17, 2017
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
. “They are taking advantage of what the flag guarantees them — freedom of speech — to further an agenda of hatred.”
My new cover for TIME magazine, at the newsstand today. Art by @edelstudio pic.twitter.com/qEaqIvwTID
— Edel Rodriguez (@edelstudio) August 17, 2017