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It is Profoundly Un-American': Here's why the Boston Globe Plans to Publish 'Satirical' Front Page Edition Portraying a Trump Presidency


"Deportations to Begin. President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue."

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The Boston Globe is opting to publish a "satirical" front page edition Sunday that attempts to portray what a Donald Trump presidency would do to the U.S.

In a statement released Saturday, the Boston Globe declared its intentions to publish the front page edition that seeks to envision "what America might look like with Donald Trump in the White House."

"Donald J. Trump's vision for the future of our nation is as deeply disturbing as it is profoundly un-American," the statement reads. "It is easy to find historical antecedents. The rise of demagogic strongmen is an all too common phenomenon on our small planet. And what marks each of those dark episodes is a failure to fathom where a leader’s vision leads, to carry rhetoric to its logical conclusion."

The Globe's statement then proceeded to outline why it decided to publish the "satirical" front page of this section: "It is an exercise in taking a man at his word. And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page. It is a vision that demands an active and engaged opposition. It requires an opposition as focused on denying Trump the White House as the candidate is flippant and reckless about securing it."

The Globe offered a glimpse of its mock front page, including such headlines and teasers as, "Deportations to Begin. President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue."

"The date on the front page is April 9, 2017, a year into the future," the statement continues. "The Boston Globe Ideas staff have taken Donald Trump's public statements and spun them out, putting a spotlight on the frightening policy implications for Americans.  The Globe team imagined the consequences of “President” Trump’s blunt and bumbling policies on a global scale."

Since the Boston Globe announced its intentions, social media erupted with a vast array of reactions.

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