The president has always been one to be hypersensitive when it comes to his portrayal in the media, so he’s definitely not going to like this.
Earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, thousands of white nationalists descended upon the town to “protest” the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. In the violence that ensued following those white nationalists meeting counterprotesters, one person died.
Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer, who was killed in a car ramming attack, wasn’t the only death from that weekend; two officers also died when the helicopter they were in surveilling the situation crashed. Dozens of people were wounded.
The president has refused to single out the Charlottesville white supremacists for condemnation following the violence, and that move has gained him significant criticism. Additionally, it’s not as though his refusal to come out swinging against the white nationalists was the first time he’d shown implicit support for their causes. He literally hired the virulently white nationalist Steve Bannon to serve in his administration.
Now, the criticism of the president for his response to Charlottesville has spread overseas. A German magazine is coming out with a cover that features a depiction of Donald Trump wrapped in an American flag as if it was a cloak, doing the Nazi salute.
The magazine cover, from Stern, is captioned:
‘His Struggle: Neo-nazis, Ku Klux Klan, Racism: As Donald Trump stirs the hate in America.’
The beginning part of that cover story’s title is a callback to the title of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, which is called Mein Kampf, or “My Struggle.”
It is illegal to give the Nazi salute or show any other outward support of Nazi ideals in Germany — as it should be in the United States, quite frankly. With this in mind, journalist Andrew Beatty notes that depicting Trump in this fashion is “[very] strong stuff in Europe.”
Check out the cover below.
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) August 23, 2017
Trump has remained resolute in his refusal to expressly call out white nationalists since Charlottesville, and there’s no indication that he’s going to change any time soon.
Since Trump won the White House, Germany has emerged as the new world center of democratic power, so it’s fitting for a German publication to publish this cover.
Check out Twitter’s thoughts below.
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