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.
An early look at Tuesday's front… pic.twitter.com/BXsoZsIT4B
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 16, 2018
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:
Just stunning to watch Fox tonight, as hosts and guests trash Trump and Putin. This could be the turning point we've all been waiting for these past 18 months. Trump shot his supporters on Fifth Avenue today.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) July 16, 2018
Trump is standing in the middle of fifth avenue and shooting Uncle Sam. #TreasonSummit
— I am SHE (@jjphyllis) July 16, 2018
— Chris Wall (@cwall1221) July 16, 2018
The image of the president shooting Uncle Sam is particularly stunning for another reason.