It's not a stretch to say the Trump presidency has been a disaster. The president has done much to bring down America's prestige in the eyes of the world. Trump's divisive domestic doctrine has lead to international denouncement by global powers and American allies alike. To show the people's displeasure, many famous and renowned magazines have produced striking artwork reflecting the opinions of sane individuals worldwide criticizing the administration. Here are the 20 magazine covers that perfectly explain the tumultuous Trump presidency.

20. Year One – Time

Artist Edel Rodriguez has become famous for portraying Trump on the covers of magazines worldwide, and the above image is no exception to his reputation. Edel's usage of Trump's hair, which is arguably his most defining feature, as the subject of the image is pure genius. The symbolism presented here is obvious and the message is clear and effective, showing that Trump's first year in office was disastrous and destructive.

The image also symbolizes the chaotic nature of Trump and his “revolving door” of an administration as advisers came and went throughout the year.

19. Liberty Extinguished – The New Yorker

Trump's racist foreign policy manifested with the controversial “Muslim Ban,” an executive order that barred persons of the Islamic faith from entering the country from a select number of Muslim-majority nations. The New Yorker's powerful image of Lady Liberty's extinguished flame shows the death of the American ideals of “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

The Muslim Ban has since been upheld in the Supreme Court in 2018 after the ascension of Trump lackey Brett Kavanaugh in a 5-4 decision.

18. The Order – Bloomberg Businessweek

Although a little on the nose, Bloomberg doesn't waste any time with this hard-hitting cover, telling it's audience exactly how they feel about Trump's  over extensional use of executive power. Trump's commitment to circumventing the Constitution along with it's principles and ideals through the use of executive orders has drawn the attention of the courts leading to several laws being challenged and bogged down in the courts.

Bloomberg's depiction here also comes from an internet meme where several anonymous users submitted images of Trump signing executive orders on a variety of ludicrous and outrageous subjects.

17. Little Rocket Man – Der Spiegel

The widely popular German magazine Der Speigel utilized another work of artist Edel Rodriguez to capture a truly genius artistic criticism of the Trump administration. The relationship between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been so confusing that some people already forget how close the two came to clicking the “big red button” on one another before the historic summit in Singapore in 2018 Both were clearly acting like children, talking about nuclear weapons that could deal untold amounts of damage and loss of life like they were play things.

The president on more than one occasion threatened to nuke North Korea by stating he “too (has) a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his (Kim Jong Un), and my Button works!”

16. Hate in America – Time

Trump's failure to denounce the Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests by stating “both sides are to blame” for the violence really shows how Trump has helped bolster fascist and neo-Nazi support across America. This outstanding Time cover shows how the fascist Republican controlled government and Trump promotes and condones hate and prejudice in America, bringing about more division and hate than ever.

Only recently did Congress pass a measure that condemned hate and prejudice in America following the election of a Democrat-controlled House.

15. The MAGAphone(ey) – The Economist


In conjunction with Time, The Economist also dropped a bombshell cover to their magazine following the violent protests in Charlotsville. The powerful image of utilizing the hood of the Ku Klux Klan hood as a megaphone shows Trump's need to constantly speak his mind, the words often coming out sounding uneducated and just plain racist.

Trump to this day has still failed to condemn hatred and bigotry, even going so far as to denounce the aforementioned measure passed by Congress earlier this month.

14. The Wrecking Crew – Time

In yet another example of hard-hitting artistic talent on the cover of Time, Edel portrays the president as a symbol of destruction, which is much like how his presidency so far has played out. Trump has destroyed our allies' trust in America, race and class relations, our reputation as the leader of the free world, and the ability to combat threats posed to America's interests.

As the subtitle on the cover suggests, Time also covers the administration and Trump's cabinet that he promised would help him “drain the swamp” of Washington corruption, which in turn has led to a series of investigations against the president and the members of his inner circle. The chief of these investigations is of course  the Mueller investigation which continues to investigate the ties between Russia and 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

13. Doomsday – Der Spiegel

From time to time it's often wise to look back and reflect on the past few years. Just a month after Trump's victory, German magazine Der Spiegal dropped this cover for their newest December issue titled “The End of the World (as we know it).” It's striking to see how right the magazine and it's artist was as we look back and compare today's world to the one we lived in just three years ago. The world as we know it has certainly changed in some pretty significant ways as Trump continues to wage a futile and disastrous trade war with China, pulls troops out of Syria and leaving Russia in control of the region, and the back and forth between North Korea's Kim Jong Un resulting in threats of nuclear war.

Thankfully House Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are leading the charge on dismantling the disastrous Trump administration, building a road to an expected blue wave in the 2020 general elections that will help fix the world left behind by Trump.

12. The New Nationalism – The Economist

Another great cover by the Economist depicts Russian President Vladimir Putin playing the flute to the beating drums of war by both British United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who helped orchestrate Brexit, and of course Trump. The message  of the cover is clearly commentating on Russia's influence abroad as the Russian state and Putin in particular continue to undermine democracies worldwide in an effort to destabilize the established world order, supporting fringe right-wing groups and people like Farage and Trump under the guise of the rising radical ideologies of populism and new nationalism.


New nationalism has seen a rise in numerous western countries in the past few years, perhaps with Russian assistance, leading to events such as when France's Le Pen came close to winning the French Election in 2017. This rise has lead to worldwide instability, allowing for contrarian states like Russia and China to fill the growing power vacuum as western democracies look inwards to solve their growing political crisis.