Sunday, March 26, 2023

The New Yorker's "Blowhard" Issue Signed by Donald Trump

For anyone who has ever wondered whether Donald Trump would personally sign a copy of The New Yorker of August 28, 2017, the issue featuring David Plunkert's "Blowhard" cover, the answer is yes. The cover was published after a horrific episode of white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, when the president infamously commented at a press conference that "you also had people that were very fine people on both sides." The illustration depicts Trump sitting aft in a sailboat. He is blasting air in order to inflate a white sail with eye holes that visually transform it into a Klansman's hood. The American Society of Magazine Editors named Plunkert's New Yorker cover, his first, their Cover of the Year.

The autographed cover, with Trump's zigzag of a signature and retaining the subscription mailing label, even, was sold on eBay late last year. There probably aren't too many of these out there.

Donald Trump
eBay listing ended December 28, 2022

Donald Trump
eBay item description

The unsigned, award-winning magazine cover:


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