The NY Daily News Just Destroyed Donald Trump

December 8th 2015

Kyle Jaeger

The New York Daily News is on a roll this month, publishing a series of provocative covers that call attention to gun violence, terrorism, and most recently, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S. on Monday.

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The paper's Wednesday cover shows Trump wielding a scimitar—a type of sword brandished by members of the Islamic State—in one hand and the head of the Statue of Liberty in the other. The cartoon draws an apparent parallel between the candidate and the extremist group.

"When Trump came for the Mexicans, I did not speak out—as I was not a Mexican," the headline reads. "When he came for the Muslims, I did not speak out—as I was not a Muslim. Then he came for me..."

The text is a play on the poem "First They Came," written by Pastor Martin Niemöller about the cowardice of German intellectuals in the aftermath of the Nazi rise to power and subsequent Holocaust.

Some of Trump's critics have compared him to Adolph Hitler in response to the candidate's proposal to create a national database to track Muslims living in America, and the Philadelphia Daily News also posted a controversial cover titled "The New Furor," which features a picture of Trump extending his arm out to a crowd of supporters.

"TIME TO SPEAK UP," the Daily News wrote on Twitter, echoing calls from leading Democrats and Republicans to disavow Trump as a serious contender for the presidency.

Presidential candidates from both parties, as well as Republican House speaker Paul Ryan, voiced their opposition to Trump on Tuesday after the candidate released a statement proposing "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

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"This is not conservatism," Ryan said at a press conference. "What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and, more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for."