British center-right magazine cover features Trump shouting from a KKK hood megaphone

British center-right magazine cover features Trump shouting from a KKK hood megaphone
James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, said President Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix, was "downright scary and disturbing." He questioned Trump's ability and fitness to hold office. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

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.”

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.

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