The New Yorker Magazine Imagines What Came After Trump’s Famous Escalator Scene

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If you were creeped out by TIME magazine’s mashup of Trump and Putin’s faces, here’s a comical, more lighthearted illustration to offset that fear of the two leaders morphing into one mega alter ego.

On the same day that eye-twitching photo illustration came out, The New Yorker magazine unveiled its cover for its 30 July issue.

Drawn by cartoonist and long-time contributor Barry Blitt, the Thumbs-Up artwork imagines a possible outcome for the memorable 2015 moment, when the then-presidential candidate descended an escalator in Trump Tower to announce that he was running for office.

The scene was made even more popular after rumors broke that The Simpsons had predicted it to a T; these speculations were subsequently debunked.

Blitt decided to revive this memory as a metaphor for the President’s performance at the Russia-United States summit. Trump’s reputation took an even greater tumble after he appeared to be siding with Vladimir Putin on Russia’s interference with the 2016 US election, and then claiming he had “misspoken” in a “double negative” statement.

A little more than three years ago, Donald Trump descended an escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for the Presidency. That image makes a return in next week's cover, “Thumbs-Up,” by Barry Blitt, which remarks on Trump’s performance during and after his summit with Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki. #TNYcovers

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