The cover's artist, David Plunkert, told the magazine that his latest piece, "Blowhard," was a direct response to the president's "weak" response to the rally, which featured neo-Nazis, KKK members, white supremacists, and white nationalists.
"President Trump's weak pushback to hate groups — as if he was trying not to alienate them as voters — compelled me to take up my pen," Plunkert told The New Yorker's art editor Françoise Mouly. "A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that's extremely scary."
The magazine also noted that Plunkert rarely "takes on political subject matter." Below is the cover that will hit stands next week.
The president claimed there was blame on "many sides" on Saturday following the horrific demonstration of white supremacist groups in a VA college town, which killed counter-protester Heather Heyer and injured at least 19 others. After receiving backlash from both Democrats and Republicans, Trump issued a stronger statement on Monday in which he called out hate groups such as neo-Nazis and the KKK.
But on Tuesday, he reverted back to his original statement and once again placed blame on both the droves of white nationalists and the counter-protesters. During the tumultuous press conference, held in the lobby of Trump Tower, the president also claimed that there were "very fine people on both sides."
The Huffington Post notes that The New Yorker isn't the only magazine to feature imagery of Trump with a KKK hood. On Thursday, The Economist tweeted out the cover of its newest edition, which shows Trump yelling into a megaphone resembling the headwear from the notorious hate group's uniform.