Next Week’s New Yorker Cover Goes After Trump in the Most Perfect Way Possible

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Cover: New Yorker; Ripped paper: Chinnasorn Pangcharoen/iStock


The New Yorker this morning gave us a sneak peak at next week’s cover, and boy it’s a keeper.

A little cursory context if you don’t get it: In the closing minutes of Monday’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump for his poor treatment of women. Clinton said Trump called 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, from Venezuela and now an American citizen, “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeper.” (Trump didn’t deny the language he used, and in fact doubled down on his attack against the former beauty queen the next day by saying, “She gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”)

The punchline of The New Yorker cover, of course, is classic role reversal: a portly Trump as the pageant winner, struggling to maintain dignity while balancing a tiara and holding back tears on a runway under intense scrutiny.