The New Yorker is out with their latest cover—this time, featuring cultural disruptor Kanye West.
The illustration features a depiction of Kanye West holding up a newspaper with the headline “TRUMP DEFEATS KANYE,” in a direct allusion to the iconic photo of President Harry Truman in 1948.
Truman famously upset his Republican opponent Thomas E. Dewey, leading the Chicago Daily Tribune to print an incorrect banner headline on the front page on November 3, 1948.
At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, West now-famously declared his candidacy for President of the United States in 2020.
At a press conference in New York yesterday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump addressed a question about Kanye’s candidacy, going as far as saying “I love him” and “maybe in a few years I’ll have to run against him.”
“Kanye West’s announcement of his intention to seek the Presidency reminds us that it’s not too early to start thinking about the 2020 campaign. (2016’s already old hat by now, anyway),” explained The New Yorker cover illustrator Barry Blitt on the magazine’s website.
“And when one considers Mr. West, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to be reminded of another scrappy kid who won the Presidency, back in 1948, against all odds. The press wrote him off, too. That’s right—Harry Truman.”