Magazine covers link President Trump to KKK over Charlottesville

Magazine covers link President Trump to KKK over Charlottesville

They're all references to the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and how President Donald Trump reacted to them - by effectively pandering to white supremacists. "Far from being the saviour of the Republic, their president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office".

The Economist and The New Yorker released their cover illustrations this week, both depicting Trump in conjunction with Ku Klux Klan hoods.

The artist who created the cover, David Punkert, said on Twitter the piece is titled "Blowhard."

"Mr Trump is not a white supremacist".

"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.

The Economist teased its upcoming cover in a tweet Thursday.

Self-identifying ethno-nationalists had gathered to prevent anti-fascists from removing a statue of Robert E Lee, the Confederacy's top general in the American civil war.

The Economist opted for a cover illustration that shows Trump talking into a megaphone that resembles a KKK hood.

Trump originally did not call out the white supremacists specifically and said "many sides" were to blame for the violence, and he doubled down on his statement on Tuesday just one day after calling out the racism as evil and condemning the groups.



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