The feathers are flying in the White House, and on the front of the New York Daily News.
The publisher has revealed quite the cover, depicting President Donald Trump and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as chickens engaged in a “cuck fight.”
The cover is something to behold, fronting a feature unpacking Trump’s claim that Bannon “lost his mind” for calling Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”
If you’re not across it, a “cuck” is a dismissive term used by the so-called alt-right to belittle men associated with liberal politics as weak and effeminate. (It’s literal shorthand for a man being sexually cuckolded by a woman.)
Behold, we can’t look away:
The cover references the verbal battle that has erupted between Trump and Bannon, after a swathe of were made public as excerpts from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
In one of the excerpts, obtained by The Guardian, when asked about the Russia meeting Bannon reportedly said, “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Trump vehemently responded to Bannon’s assertions. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” he said in a statement released by the White House. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
Trump’s lawyers have issued a cease and desist letter against Bannon for his disparaging comments about Trump and his family. And Trump, suspicious of leaks, has said he’ll possibly take away staffer cellphones like they’re in junior high.
This ain’t done.