Just months after Donald Trump was sworn in as President, a drawing of the nascent American president was featured on the cover of a top German magazine. Trump was painted as draped in the American flag, and giving a Nazi salute. That chilling August 2017 edition of the German weekly magazine, Stern, received tremendous international attention.
"His fight! Neo-Nazis, KU-Klux Klan, racism: How Donald Trump is protecting hate in America," is a Facebook-generated translation of the cover story's title.
Over the weekend, the cover made a comeback, going viral – at least on social media.
Saturday evening, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett tweeted out the cover, mistakenly noting it as current, and saying, "Germans know fascism when they see it."
Germans know fascism when they see it. Today the nation's top magazine, Stern, declares @POTUS @realDonaldTrump a N… https://t.co/vI89IjC21I— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie Garrett) 1563659896.0
Her tweet has received over 66,000 likes and over 32,000 retweets.
Shortly thereafter popular actor, director, and activist Ken Olin decided to tweet out a copy of the Stern cover, writing, "If he acts like a Nazi, Sounds like a Nazi, And Germany’s top magazine calls him a Nazi..."
If he acts like a Nazi, Sounds like a Nazi, And Germany’s top magazine calls him a Nazi... https://t.co/BDqv363mNB— ken olin🇺🇸 (@ken olin🇺🇸) 1563665730.0
His tweet garnered over 38,000 likes and over 12,000 retweets.
Despite the cover being two years old, their tweets drew a lot of attention.
Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean also tweeted it out:
Remarkable for a leading German magazine. It is how the world sees Trump! https://t.co/4yO5D3G5Cc— John W. Dean (@John W. Dean) 1563754956.0
As did many others. A small sampling:
Germans don’t hold back about this sort of thing.., https://t.co/P61W5MolVg— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg) 1563708114.0
Maybe the Germans will come and free the people we have in concentration camps https://t.co/p3p4S6MvXs— John (@John) 1563801165.0
@SteveNegronNH Germans know a Nazi when they see one... The German version of Time magazine... https://t.co/VVlmDfAWgU— NH Intel (@NH Intel) 1563806216.0
If a German news magazine thought he was a Nazi in 2017, what would it call him now? https://t.co/ITWBsMr2SC— Mona Eltahawy (@Mona Eltahawy) 1563737265.0