The latest cover of a British center-right magazine, The Economist, featured a cartoon version of President Donald Trump shouting through a Ku Klux Klan hood as a megaphone.
The cover promotes a story titled “Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president” and was shared on Twitter Thursday morning.
The tweet read, “Donald Trump is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office.”
Donald Trump is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office https://t.co/xLDMtLclUw
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 17, 2017
The article, published Thursday, said that the president is “not a white supremacist” but balked at Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville, Virginia, terror attack.
Calling the president’s response to the attack as “unsteady,” the magazine added that Trump’s post-Charlottesville remarks contain “a terrible message for Americans.”
For Republicans in Congress the choice should be clearer. Many held their noses and backed Mr Trump because they thought he would advance their agenda. That deal has not paid off. Mr Trump is not a Republican, but the solo star of his own drama. By tying their fate to his, they are harming their country and their party. His boorish attempts at plain speaking serve only to poison national life. Any gains from economic reform — and the booming stockmarket [sic] and low unemployment owe more to the global economy, tech firms and dollar weakness than to him — will come at an unacceptable price.
Republicans can curb Mr Trump if they choose to. Rather than indulging his outrages in the hope that something good will come of it, they must condemn them. The best of them did so this week. Others should follow.
Reactions to the cover have been mixed, ranging from calling out the magazine for media bias to supporting the notion that the president is promoting white supremacy.
Propaganda from a Marxist rag sheet.
— antoinette@eatcake (@antoinette2645) August 17, 2017
Most of us knew this all the way up to November 8th of course. It’s alarming & disheartening that others did not.
— Jenny Penny (@jennymaherprefo) August 17, 2017
The “Titan of Industry” gets thumped on the nose with a rolled up copy of The Economist. Not the worst way to start a day.
— High Priestess Kang (@hipriestesskang) August 17, 2017
You say he isn’t a white supremacist, yet lies consistently, & after prepared statements he back pedals. Everything points to him being one
— Tracey Kent (@TraceyKent) August 17, 2017
“Morally barren…” Acutely accurate. Thank you for putting such a fine point on the fundamental issue.
— Elizabeth Reede (@ElizabethReede) August 17, 2017
Some of us were warning about this from the beginning of his candidacy, but, no, trolling liberals was too much fun, so here we are.
— Derrell Durrett (@derrelldurrett) August 17, 2017
Definitely got a theme going this week. pic.twitter.com/G7UqpKfbKR
— Marsha Coupé (@MarshaCoupe) August 17, 2017