The Economist made a bold statement on the front cover of its latest issue, featuring an illustration of President Donald Trump shouting through a megaphone shaped like the notorious white hoods worn by Ku Klux Klan members.
The cover comes in the wake of last weekend’s chaotic white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which a 32-year-old woman was fatally struck by a driver identified as a white supremacist.
Trump has faced backlash from critics across the political spectrum for his response to the deadly rally. He was initially reluctant to specifically condemn the white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis who attended the rally, and he drew an equivalence between those groups and the counterprotesters, insisting that “both sides” were to blame.
The Economist’s cover accompanies an article that accuses Trump’s response to Charlottesville of emboldening “America’s far-right.”
On Thursday, Trump unleashed more controversy when he said in a series of tweets that it was “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.”
“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!”
Trump was referring to the monuments of Confederate figures that have been at the epicentre of the Charlottesville protests. Before it devolved into violence, the white nationalist rally began as a protest of the city’s plans to remove its statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.