'New Yorker' Elicits An Emotional Twitter Reaction After Revealing The Cover It Would Have Used Had Clinton Won

The cover is called "The First."

Hillary Clinton broke barriers when she became the first woman nominated by a major party to be president of the United States. Although she won the popular vote and inspired many, Clinton was not able to break the ultimate glass ceiling and win the presidency.

Since her loss, as continued controversy makes its way out of the Trump administration, many have theorized about how things would be different had Clinton won. There's even a Twitter account that imagines it in hilarious detail. Now, The New Yorker is giving us another glimpse into that alternate universe by sharing the post-election cover it would have used had Clinton been victorious.


The striking red, white, and blue image, by Malika Favre, depicts Clinton standing in the Oval Office and looking out the window at the moon. Its poignant title is simply "The First." On her Instagram account, Favre wrote of the cover, "It was a great honor to create it and I am glad it is getting its moment in the sun today."

The art now accompanies a new interview with Clinton by David Remnick. It includes excerpts from her new book What Happened, out now, in which she tackles everything from media coverage to sexism in her account of the 2016 election. "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down," she wrote in the book's introduction.

In one recently released excerpt, Clinton describes what she was thinking when Donald Trump loomed behind her during the second presidential debate. "I know you love to intimidate women, but you can't intimidate me, so back up," she wanted to tell him.

Although Clinton has received backlash from some who wish she would "go away," it's clear that many Americans still want to hear what she has to say. After all, the book was a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon before it was even released. The New Yorker cover has also elicited an outpouring of emotion and support, as many Twitter users have shared their appreciation for Clinton, and what could have been.

The newly released cover stands in sharp contrast to the cover that was actually published (below). Titled "The Wall," the image by Bob Staake depicts a stack of bricks — a representation not only of President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, but also the feeling, as described by The New Yorker's Instagram caption, that "we had hit a brick wall, full force."

Although seeing the alternative cover may sadden some who hoped for a Clinton victory, others have chosen to view it as a reminder of what we're still working toward.

As one Twitter user wrote, "I hope this becomes the symbol of hope for a woman to become president one day. Now it's not just about her, it's about change."

(H/T: Mashable)


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