Latest New Yorker Cover Portrays Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani as Mobsters Taking Out a Hit on Uncle Sam

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President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed that Trump urged Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

As Trump's Republican allies desperately tried to spin the damning contents of the rough transcript of the call, released by the White House itself, they kept asserting there was no "quid pro quo," meaning Trump hadn't stated explicitly that military aid to Ukraine would be contingent on whether or not Zelensky facilitated an investigation into Biden.

But in the transcript, Zelensky thanks Trump for the United States' aid as Ukraine faces conflict against Russian invasion on its eastern border.

Trump then said a phrase that will be studied for months, even years to come:

"I would like you to do us a favor though."

The President then goes on to ask Zelensky about investigating the hacked Democratic National Committee server and the business dealings of Biden's son, Hunter.

The word "though," to many implied a quid pro quo.

"[W]hat [the call's notes] reflect is a classic Mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader," said House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). "Like any Mafia boss, the president didn't need to say, 'that's a nice country you have, it would be a shame if something happened to it,' because that was clear from the conversation."

The New Yorker seems to agree—its latest cover portrays Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as mobsters sending Uncle Sam to sleep with the fishes.

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Schiff and the New Yorker are far from the first to compare the President to a mob boss. One of the President's former allies and personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said Trump ran his businesses and campaign "much like a mobster would do":

 “He doesn’t give you questions, he doesn’t give you orders. He speaks in a code, and I understand the code because I’ve been around him for a decade.”

One Twitter user put the transcript of the Ukraine phone call over a gif of the infamous "do a service for me" scene from The Godfather. It fits the scene perfectly.

People consider the New Yorker cover to be more than an accurate depiction.

This is far from over.

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As more information becomes available regarding the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged Americans in hard-hit areas to begin wearing cloth masks to cover their faces.

Unlike medical professionals, who need N95 masks (of which there is a shortage) when treating virus patients, average Americans can wear makeshift cloth masks that block the saliva droplets through which the virus is spread.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.

It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.

The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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In the face of the global pandemic that's killed over 5000 Americans, President Donald Trump is still expressing reluctance to employ federal powers to assist states hardest hit by the virus.

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Because the virus originated in Wuhan, China, anti-Chinese hysteria has sprouted up across the country. These racist flames have only been stoked by President Donald Trump, whose insistence on calling it "Chinese virus" corresponded with an uptick in hate crimes and harassment of Asian Americans across the across the United States, regardless of their country of origin or ancestry.

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Even in the face of a national health crisis that threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, President Donald Trump has consistently signaled that he's incapable of rising to the urgency of the moment, choosing instead to pick fights with governors over Twitter and to brag about the ratings of his press briefings.

That string of behavior continued with a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which read more like one of the President's Twitter screeds than a letter from the President of the United States.

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The internet is flooded with messages of support for Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who commands the 5000 person crew of the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that was recently forced to dock in Guam.

Crozier sent a letter to the Navy this week begging for additional supplies and resources to aid the 93 people on the Roosevelt who tested positive for the virus that's become a global pandemic, as well as facilities for the additional 1000 people who need to be quarantined.

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