The cover of the April 2 issue of New York Magazine depicts a close-up photo of President Donald Trump with a pig's snout replacing his nose.
The headline on the cover reads, "Not Collusion... Not Incompetence... Not Cruelty... It's the Corruption, Stupid. Why His Self-Dealing is His Biggest Political Liability."
The cover story, by Jonathan Chait, slams Trump for what it claims is "corruption" and "greed" permeating throughout his presidency.
"Since Trump took office, his pledge to ignore his own interests has been almost forgotten, lost in a disorienting hurricane of endless news. It is not just a morbid joke but a legitimate problem for the opposition that all the bad news about Trump keeps getting obscured by other bad news about Trump."
Chait harshly criticized Trump for shamelessly violating his promise to set aside his lifelong pursuit of wealth to selflessly serve the greater good.
"Not only has Trump made no effort to raise ethical standards but he and his administration have flamboyantly violated the existing guidelines," he writes. "Lobbyists are seeded in every agency, 'regulating’ their former employers and designing rules that favor bosses over employees and business owners over consumers."
Chait charged that the same deceitfulness explains that "the reason public opinion about the economy improved almost immediately after his election is that the Republican message machine stopped bad-mouthing the recovery [during the Obama administration] and instead rebranded the same conditions as a fabulous new era of prosperity."
As The Hill noted, Trump has also been the target of other unflattering magazine covers, including Time magazine's depiction of his hair on fire and Der Spiegel's portrayal of him as a "developed man."
The Washington Times slammed New York Magazine for what it called hypocrisy, saying that if National Review "had run a pig snout picture of [President Barack] Obama, the hard left would’ve called for Secret Service to investigate."
Although acknowledging the press has a right to free expression the Times continued that "the left wouldn’t stand for such imagery against one of their own. And if they can’t take it, then maybe they shouldn’t dish it out, either."
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