If you had to name two things that you believed to be the antithesis of Christmas, what would your first answer be?
Mine would be the Grinch – at least until his heart grows three sizes and he returns all of the presents to Whoville – and Donald Trump.
Let’s face it, you wouldn’t really want either sitting round your table for Christmas dinner when you’re trying to get in the festive spirit. It’d put a bit of a dampener on the mood to say the least.
And now the New York Daily News has merged the two together for their front cover, creating an actual nightmare that will haunt my dreams for the foreseeable future.
Making a pun out of the popular 2000 adaption of the Dr. Seuss tale, the New York Daily News’ headline reads: ‘How The Trump Stole Christmas!’ Posting to their official Twitter page yesterday (December 21), the publication shared with their followers a glimpse of today’s front page.
It could be head [sic] wasn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But we think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. An early look at Saturday’s front cover…
It could be head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But we think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. https://t.co/Vf44qMAj8m
An early look at Saturday's front cover… pic.twitter.com/9sah0EwdBP
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 22, 2018
The publication used their platform to call the President out for the recent government shutdown, whereby Trump threatened to close down part of the government on Friday if he didn’t get funds for his border wall.
As reported by Huffington Post, nine government departments and several agencies with hundreds of thousands of workers gradually came to a standstill as a result of the shutdown, before funding lapsed completely at midnight when the White House and Senate adjourned without reaching any compromise.
The cover story from New York Daily News went on to call the shutdown a ‘Christmas tragedy,’ saying it ‘complicates the lives’ of federal workers over the holidays.
Trump has remained active on Twitter throughout the shutdown (surprise), again calling any news reports ‘fake’ and informing his followers that he’s waiting to see if the Democrats will help him ‘to protect America’s Southern Border’.
He then posted a video captioned: ‘OUR GREAT COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!’ in which he spoke about drugs ‘pouring in,’ human trafficking, and gangs in an attempt to persuade people that a wall would be a good thing.
Alright, disclaimer: at this point I don’t even want to compare him to the Grinch anymore because he doesn’t deserve it – it’s offensive to the lovable green character. Although the picture is horribly amazing.
This isn’t the first time New York Daily News has fired shots at Trump either; in recent months, the publication has published many covers depicting the President in a negative light.
And to be honest, I’m all for it.
Take a look below and see what you think:
Guess who's coming to dinner https://t.co/il6KVDlYcQ
An early look at Friday's front… pic.twitter.com/vlSn8akTAN
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 20, 2018
Tired of all this winning. https://t.co/cvUDB3HVyj
An early look at Tuesday's front page… pic.twitter.com/WuqWcfHBom
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 27, 2018
I’m surprised Trump himself hasn’t responded to them calling them ‘fake news’. I suppose it’s only a matter of time…
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).