The New Yorker has given President Donald Trump a piece of its mind after he asked why the U.S. would welcome immigrants from “shithole” places like Haiti and African countries during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on Thursday.
“In the Hole,” by artist Anthony Russo, responds to the president’s comment, which has been decried as racist by the United Nations, with a stark illustration for the magazine’s cover in its Jan. 22 issue.
On a field of white, the president’s yellowish sweep of hair is just visible from the depths of a black hole:
Russo has a history of tackling controversy in the news through his art. Last spring, he combined two major stories ― a mistreated United passenger and Trump’s decision to fire former FBI director James Comey ― in one much-discussed illustration.
On Thursday, Trump sparked widespread criticism after he reportedly questioned why the U.S. should restore protections for immigrants from Haiti and parts of Africa.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the president said, sources told The Washington Post. “We should have more people from places like Norway,” he added.
The New York Times, NBC News, BuzzFeed and CNN confirmed reports of the comment. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) went on record to say he was in the room when it was made.
“He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly,” Durbin said.