An editor for the extremely pro-Trump Breitbart attacked a Vogue magazine cover with Jennifer Lawrence and the Statue of Liberty as an example of a liberal conspiracy against his presidency.
A senior writer and editor for Breitbart, the white supremacist website affiliated with Trump strategist Steve Bannon, attacked a magazine cover with the Statue of Liberty as evidence of a wide-ranging left-wing attack on Trump voters.
Breitbart has been one of the staunchest backers of the Trump agenda, and have promoted him for years.
John Carney, who runs the finance and economic coverage for Breitbart, claimed that a Vogue cover featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence next to the Statue of Liberty was “attacking” Trump voters, and a product of “Opposition Media.” He also argued that the cover meant that Trump supporters would need to create “a full #MAGA shadow cultural industry” to counteract the influence of Lady Liberty.
In a subsequent tweet, Carney said the cover showcasing one of the most enduring icons of American freedom proved that Breitbart “could do really well with @BreitbartNews Fashion” and “Lots of women who would like their fashion without leftism.”
Ironically, Breitbart used the Statue of Liberty to promote meet-up it hosted in New York in 2016.
After many Twitter users pointed out to Carney that his allegation was ludicrous and absurd, he doubled down on his premise, writing, “If you want the Statue of Liberty to be a non-partisan symbol of America, don’t make her central to your case against immigration reform.”
The tweet was in reference to the confrontation between CNN’s Jim Acosta and Trump underling Stephen Miller, who attacked the Statue of Liberty and the poem at its base exhorting for “Your tired, your poor” to seek refuge in America. Miller insisted the poem “is not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty,” and then he proceeded to mock Acosta in a lengthy exchange, snidely demanding, “Tell me what years meet Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty poem law of the land.”
The Statue of Liberty cover was one of four covers the magazine used for the special issue commemorating Vogue’s 125th anniversary, and as Washington Post writer Karen Tumulty asked Carney, “You understand that fashion magazine cover shoots are done way, way in advance?”
Bannon, who served as chairman of Breitbart, recently received a special dispensation that allows him to continue directing the content of Breitbart from the White House. The message synchronicity between the White House and Carney may indicate that such work is currently underway.