The cover of New York’s Election issue, which is out today, pulls no punches. There’s Donald Trump, with just one of of the many ways you could describe him (see also: racist, moron, misogynist, sexual predator) plastered across his face.
Yet the bluntness of “Loser” isn’t as simple as it seems. Here’s what New York editor Adam Moss had to say about this great cover:
[There are] three ways in which it could be interpreted: as Trump speaking (single word epithets being his specialty); as a description of Trump; and as a call on the election result. On this latter point, who knows – and we confess to being a little rattled when the [James] Comey letter news broke just as were shipping it. But in the end we felt that the power of Kruger’s image transcended any one meaning you could read into it. The issue analyzes many aspects of Trump’s extraordinary candidacy, and an important point is spelled out in the headline we appended to the bottom corner: Trump has already changed America, not much for the better. Which adds a fourth meaning: in that sense we are all losers too.