The New Yorker has unveiled their cover art for next week’s issue, and it’s particularly clever in light of recent developments in the president’s inner circle’s goings-on.
A series of recent reports from the New York Times revealed, slowly but surely, the details of a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. A New York Times report concurrent to the reports about this meeting reveals the backstory to something that’s been evident in the days since the first reports about the Veselnitskaya meeting came out, namely, that the president takes scrutiny of his son very personally.
For instance, as public evidence of this, Trump has repeatedly tried to dismiss his son’s responsibility for the meeting on account of a made-up youthful naivete on Trump Jr.’s part.
He has also tweeted about the situation, because of course he has. Speaking on Wednesday of an appearance by Trump Jr. on Fox News, Trump said:
‘My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!’
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
As for Kushner, the revelations about the meeting with Veselnitskaya add to an already well populated list of headaches that he’s caused the White House. For instance, in a move that has drawn him wide scrutiny, the president’s son-in-law met with the head of a sanctioned Russian bank and the former Russian Ambassador to the United States last year.
On top of all of this, the meeting with Veselnitskaya is the most concrete evidence yet that the Trump team colluded with Russia in their efforts to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Trump has long maintained his personal innocence in everything, but he remains greatly irritated by the ongoing investigations into his team.
With these things in mind, the cover for the upcoming issue of the New Yorker is quite fitting. Named “Grounded” by the artist, Barry Blitt, it shows an irritated Trump kicking Kushner down the steps of Air Force One and pulling Trump Jr. along behind him by his ear.
Check it out below.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) July 14, 2017
Explaining his image, Blitt said:
‘Tolstoy said that “happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Somehow this seems to apply to the Trumps, particularly lately.’
Twitter thought the image was great, and you can check that out below.
Meh. Trump is scared shitless walking down stairs.
— Bill "Impeach the Dotard" Clunie (@billclunie) July 14, 2017
— #flushthetrumpturd (@solana811) July 14, 2017
— OceanSolitudeMaine ????? ? ? (@OceanSolitudeME) July 14, 2017
But likely not stopping anything they are doing. ?
— Kirsten Eckert-Smith (@SmithEckert13) July 14, 2017
Put Junior on the no fly list.
— Ralph Harding (@dataflunky09) July 14, 2017
Love it! ❤️
— Stephanie (@itstearsinrain) July 14, 2017
I love it. ❤️
— jerry stewart (@jerrystewart123) July 14, 2017
Good boy. pic.twitter.com/7krwCA6fTK
— Louie Schutz (@Unclelouieart) July 14, 2017
— zedbeeblebrox ?? (@zedbeeblebrox) July 14, 2017
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