The New Yorker has just joined the many anti-Trump interests still reeling from the businessman’s shocking election to the presidency by unveiling its next cover, featuring nothing more than a red brick wall covering most of the magazine and partially obscuring the masthead.
The wall-featuring cover hearkens to the now president-elect’s initially signature campaign promise of building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico in order to curb the flow of illegal immigration, something which Trump pointed to during his run for the presidency as the supposed key to understanding why so many economic problems had befallen the United States.
The magazine’s art editor Françoise Mouly spoke to the design decision more directly, saying that “when we first received the results of the election, we felt as though we had hit a brick wall, full force.”
Indeed, Mouly and his fellow New Yorker staff were hardly the only ones to be completely and utterly shocked by Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton.
To suggest that Clinton was favored to win heading into Election Day is a colossal understatement at best.
Nearly 100 percent of polls had Clinton ahead by a comfortable margin; electoral college models from an array of sources gave Clinton somewhere around a 3 in 4 chance of winning the presidency. Media outlets which lean right and media outlets which lean left all effectively predicted a Clinton win.
After all, so they said, there was no way that Trump could come back from the hit his campaign took after audio tapes were leaked featuring the then-presidential candidate bragging about committing sexual assault.
Wrong. Trump came back from the hit, and he came back stronger than ever, taking the entire Rust Belt, from Michigan and Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, and thus taking the presidency.
The shock even reverberated overseas, with Germany’s Der Speigel running a cover with the headline which reads, when translated, “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”
An image of that cover is featured below.
— DER SPIEGEL (@DerSPIEGEL) November 11, 2016
Check out the New Yorker cover, designed by Bob Staake and termed simply “The Wall,” below.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) November 11, 2016
Featured Image via Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call