Arts

New Yorker paints Trump as creepy clown on new cover

The eerie vision of President Donald Trump as a creepy clown on the front of the newest issue of the New Yorker represents the “national nightmare” that artist Carter Goodrich is living.

“My whole life has been disrupted,” the artist told the magazine. “I’m still just as stunned now as I was a year ago, on Election Night.”

The cover, titled “October Surprise,” shows an orange-faced clown, smiling through sharpened teeth, as he lurks on the edge of a dark forest. On top of his head sits an unmistakable coif of blonde hair.

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“I have been asked to work on movies about him,” Goodrich said in the interview. “I can’t do it - most satire seems to lighten what feels to me like a dire situation. He’s already a cartoon villain, infantile and strange.”

Rob DeCola can be reached at robert.decola@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @robdecola.