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Here's How Magazine Covers Are Depicting The Condition Of The United States

"Harrowing."

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On Tuesday — following backlash for how he handled the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — President Donald Trump angrily defended the white supremacist protesters. At that same press conference, he began what has become a repeated mantra: an attempt to associate Confederate leader Robert E. Lee with President George Washington. On Thursday, he called Confederate monuments "beautiful."

Staffs of US magazines have responded to the president's actions with their cover art. On this week's cover of The Economist, Trump yells into a Klan hood megaphone.

And on the upcoming New Yorker cover, Trump's breath provides the wind for a KKK hood sail. Artist David Plunkert made the cover, entitled “Blowhard."

My first cover for The New Yorker entitled "Blowhard."

"Plunkert seldom takes on political subject matter, but felt moved to do so in light of Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville," a caption on the New Yorker's Instagram read.

Plunkert told the magazine: “A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that’s extremely scary."

Time's new cover, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez, does not depict the president. It instead features a person draped in an American flag giving a Nazi salute.

TIME’s new cover: Behind the hate in America https://t.co/Rxq9hsPWC1

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Many people pointed out how the covers did not hold back in terms of force of imagery. @adamhamz tweeted: "the new yorker is, uh, not fucking around with this cover next week."

the new yorker is, uh, not fucking around with this cover next week

"Wow, New Yorker cover certainly pulling no punches @realDonaldTrump is it? Sailing by on your own hateful views."

Wow, New Yorker cover certainly pulling no punches @realDonaldTrump is it? Sailing by on your own hateful views.

This person called The Economist cover "harrowing."

When the ECONOMIST is calling you a racist https://t.co/JHItkzPPm3

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The Economist gets this week's cover just right.

This is 2017 — on your local newsstand.

That's quite some cover from @TIME magazine.

Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Remy Smidt at remy.smidt@buzzfeed.com.

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