PHOTO: Cover of New York Daily News Features Donald Trump Holding Hands With Putin, Shooting Uncle Sam on 5th Avenue

Oof.

The Daily News is no stranger to visually arresting covers, nor is it shy in its criticism of President Donald Trump. Its latest cover invokes both.

It depicts Trump holding hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Fifth Avenue as the President of the United States shoots Uncle Sam in the head.

If Trump shooting someone on Fifth Avenue sounds familiar, it should, it’s a call back to Trump’s own words during the 2016 campaign:

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

The Daily News has resurrected the Fifth Avenue quote one day after Trump and Putin’s calamitous joint press conference in Helsinki. When Trump was asked if he would denounce Putin and warn him never to order an attack on American democracy again, Trump sided with Putin against his own intelligence agencies, saying he didn’t “see why it would be” Russia who committed the attacks.

Users on social media felt the parallel between Trump’s quote and the disastrous press conference was on point:

https://twitter.com/DavidRomeiPHD/status/1019231580672479234

https://twitter.com/N_Middleburg/status/1019207762742579205

The image of the president shooting Uncle Sam is particularly stunning for another reason.

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