In a fitting end to the Trump era, artist Edel Rodriguez closes out his nemesis’s presidency with one last magazine cover — a tattered and torn American flag at half staff, that perfectly sums up not just the failed MAGA coup, but the last four years. The cover image, which appears on today’s issue of The New Yorker, is titled “After the Insurrection.”
Rodriguez, who as a teenager fled with his family to the U.S. from Communist Cuba, told The New Yorker, “a part of America died on January 6th,” and that “the flag at half-mast marks that moment.”
Rodriguez has been marking the moment at each turnstile of Trump’s presidency, through his minimalist orange-hued depictions of the mad man who was accidentally elected in 2016. Whether gracing now-iconic magazine covers or in self-published illustrations, his work has captured the insanity of a one-term president — destined to go down as history’s worst — and the outrage he provoked over four long years. Rodriguez, in no small way, helped the resistance survive by giving voice to the obvious and hope to the disenfranchised.
The following is a tribute to this artist, illustrator and graphic designer who speaks for the true patriots of our nation. For that we thank you Edel. [Editor’s note: all images are courtesy of the artist and his social media unless otherwise noted.]