From his first full day on the job, Donald J. Trump made magazine cover play an important issue of his presidency, falsely boasting to members of the intelligence community that he held the record for Time magazine covers. In his second week on the job, he ignited a flame of magazine cover treatments, and in at least one case, extinguished it too.
This week’s cover of The New Yorker features an illustration entitled “Liberty’s Flameout,” and shows the Statue of Liberty’s torch raised, but burned out.
One of the things making the magazine cover so noteworthy -- aside from being one of a spate of covers depicting Trump’s assault on Lady Liberty -- is that it was the first time in 92 years that The New Yorker bumped a trademark treatment of monocled dandy Eustace Tilley from the cover of its anniversary issue.
“This year, as a response to the opening weeks of the Trump Administration, particularly the executive order on immigration, we feature John W. Tomac’s dark, unwelcoming image, 'Liberty’s Flameout'," the magazine’s Culture Desk Editor Francoise Mully explains.
"It used to be that the Statue of Liberty, and her shining torch, was the vision that welcomed new immigrants. And, at the same time, it was the symbol of American values," illustrator Tomac adds. “Now it seems that we are turning off the light."
Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine
was even less subtle, running a cover illustration depicting Trump decapitating Lady Liberty like a jihadist. It was reminiscent of a cover of Trump hometown paper, New York's Daily
News, which ran a similar cartoon cover of Trump decapitating the statue in December 2015.