The February cover of an Irish magazine, Village Magazine, has sparked outrage after an open invitation to assassinate President Trump was featured on its cover.
According to Fox News Insider, the cover was revealed on Twitter on Friday, February 03, 2017. It features a photograph of President Donald Trump, showing the left side of his head and face, with a sniper's target locked on it, the crosshairs at his temple. Below the photo is the caption, "Why Not?"
Village is a leftist monthly publication that calls itself "Ireland's political and cultural magazine." An article from the magazine asks "what is to be done?" And continues with "we have one of the worst men in the most powerful position, one where he can do damage to millions, to billions, to the planet." The magazine then suggests "perhaps the solution is tyrannicide. As he might say himself -- 'take him out.' Tyrannicide has had support from various philosophers and theologians through the centuries, including the ancient Greeks and Romans."
The article ends by stating that killing President Trump would be wrong. The negative response and outrage via social media has been swift and strong. One tweet asked if the cover was legal. Another tweet called the cover "despicable".
The magazine's editor, Michael Smith, tried to explain the unexplainable by stating, "WHY NOT signals an explanation 'why not;' not a question 'why not?'" In the magazine's tweet announcing the release of the magazine, they did say that "taking out the" President would be unethical. Really? How about illegal?
The Dublin-based magazine is making no apologies for the cover. Smith said that he is not recommending violence or killing anyone, that it would be contrary to what the magazine represents.
It is unacceptable. Reprehensible. Unconscionable. Inhuman. Like him or not, President Trump is the leader of America, duly voted in. He is also a husband, a father, and a human being. And who are you to judge? That cover is a suggestion, as if hoping to convince somebody to take the action. There are acceptable, journalistic standards, whether written or unwritten. That magazine is not under First Amendment scrutiny because it's based in Ireland. But there are lines you just don't cross, and this is one.
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