Just weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has already signed off and implemented a number of controversial decisions. Banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries for at least 120 days from entering the US, an executive order to roll back Obamacare and US involvement in the TPP, advancing plans for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects are just a mere few political controversies that have played out in the media spotlight.
Trump describes himself as having “a running war with the media”, and media distaste for Trump is extremely prominent in the following illustrations covering some of the world’s most influential magazines.
Der Spiegel, The New Yorker and the New York Times express fear over the threat on US liberty. The Economist and Village Magazine take more of an aggressive stance against Trump.
We take a look at the stories behind these controversial Trump illustrations.
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The latest magazine cover of Donald Trump to
hit headlines is this Der Spiegel cover.
Edel Rodriquez illustrates the new US president brutally beheading the Statue of Liberty – resembling familiar scenes from IS propaganda videos - for the February publication of the German magazine.
Despite disdain toward the illustration from conservative commentators and the German media, editor of the magazine Klaus Brinkbäumer staunchly stood by it.
Speaking on Reuters TV, he said: “We want to show what this is about, it's about democracy, it's about freedom, it's about freedom of the press, freedom of justice and all that is seriously endangered.
"So we are defending democracy... Are these serious times? Yes they are."
But this is not the first time Edel has painted Donald Trump in a negative light.
His cover illustration for
Time magazine in October – showing a melted Trump face – won the ASME Best Cover Contest Cover of the Year award.
In November, again for
Der Spiegel, Edel’s illustration of Trump’s head hurtling towards Earth reflected the publications deep and open concerns for his implication in Europe.
Edel'sTwitter feed shows he’s had a lot of publicity for the illustrations – even being described as “Donald Trump’s least favourite illustrator”.
Originally born in Havana, Cuba, Edel immigrated to Miami in 1980 with his family.
Lady Liberty’s flame is extinguished in this haunting illustration for
The New Yorker by illustrator John W. Tomac.
The magazine marked its 92
nd anniversary this month. Despite planning to feature Eustace Tilley on its cover, the decision was made to comment on Trump’s immigration executive order with John’s Liberty Flameout illustration.
"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,”
Tomac says in . “Now it seems that we are turning off the light.” The New Yorker
The executive order meant citizens from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - were barred from entering the US for 120 days,
and Syrians indefinitely, even if they had green cards.
Writing on his personal blog,
“We’re in a strange place. America has its warts, for sure, but right now it seems we’re being dragged somewhere dark, away from the ideals that we tell ourselves we’re striving for.
Those are the things I thought about on the ride home, with the Statue of Liberty in full view for a good chunk of my trip. Are we still the to be beacon of freedom, that we like to tell ourselves that we are? Right now it feels like we’re turing off the lights and hiding in the dark."
John works with big-name editorials such as
The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe and ESPN.
This stencil-based illustration by
Miles Donovan depicts an outraged Trump throwing a “Molotov cocktail of policies and executive orders against the capital’s brilliant-white porticos,” as . The Economist describes
The accompanying article paints Trump’s presidency as “a revolution”, leaving “wreckage” and he himself is “reckless and chaotic” in nature, according to his critics. The strong language against Trump is reflected in this physically threatening illustration.
Art direction for the cover was by Stephen Petch, and cover designer Graeme James.
This chilling cover of left-leaning Irish publication shows Trump in firing line with the words “why not”.
Laying the US president out to dry, Village
rips his ideology to shreds in an emotional and free flowing rant commenting on Trump's international policy, stance on refugees and the climate, his treatment of women and his divisive nature.
“So what is to be done?” it asks.
“Trump once suggested that Hillary Clinton’s lack of enthusiasm for guns might attract the attentions of a gun-favouring assassin. Around the time of Trump’s inauguration as US president, there was a spike in searches for odds on his assassination. Some punters were even asking bookmakers on Twitter for odds on Trump to be killed before the end of his term.
"So perhaps the solution is tyrannicide. As he might say himself – “take him out”.
Village Magazine, made up of a small editorial team, says it promotes “the fair distribution of resources, welfare, respect and opportunity”.
Although it’s over a year ago now, it’s worth remembering
Stanley Chow’s design for The New York Times cover in October 2015. The balloon interprets comments from Leah Pileggi describing Trump as an eventual destructive celebratory balloon.
“Like all celebratory balloons released into the wild, tangling in trees, choking fish, snaring birds, the Trump balloon on the cover will eventually lose its hot air, drifting to earth, where it will continue polluting the American landscape,” she says.
It’s almost eerie to read the published comments now, which were written in response to the publication’s September feature headlined
Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere.
This image really needs no explanation. As the cover of
Bloomberg Businessweek this month, the original photograph was taken by Saul Loeb for AFP Getty Images.
relevant feature, journalist Matt Levine describes Trump’s recent executive orders as something he said he would always do, but nobody quite expected.
He says the most troubling of all is Trump’s immigration order, and how its timeline is a little unclear, and decisions “happened through informal channels”, and how Trump is negatively affecting business by undoing “a firm foundation on the rule of law”.