Donald Trump Is Miss Congeniality on The New Yorker's New Cover

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The Oct. 10, 2016 cover of The New Yorker
The Oct. 10, 2016 cover of The New Yorker Credit: Courtesy The New Yorker

Donald Trump is once again The New Yorker's coverboy -- or girl ... or something. In a Barry Blitt illustration for the magazine's Oct. 10 issue, which hits newsstands next week, a plump, tearful Trump is shown walking down a runway, a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a "Miss Congeniality" sash across his ample bosom. (Previously, Blitt depicted Trump bellyflopping into the GOP pool for the July 27, 2015 New Yorker cover.)

Fran├žoise Mouly, The New Yorker's art editor, offers background on the new cover in a "Culture Desk" note posted at

"She was the worst we ever had, the worst, the absolute worst, she was impossible," Donald Trump told Fox News the morning after his debate with Hillary Clinton, defending his treatment of Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe whom he called "Miss Piggy," when she gained weight after the pageant, and "Miss Housekeeping," in apparent reference to her heritage. Watching the debate, the artist Barry Blitt recognized a significant moment in the Presidential campaign. Of all Trump's dangerous beliefs, Blitt said, his misogyny "might just be his Achilles' heel."

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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