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Kanye West Appears As Harry Truman On New Yorker Cover

Harry Truman once ran for President against all odds...
Cover Story: Kanye’s 2020 Vision
Cover Story: Kanye’s 2020 VisionILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT / The New Yorker

The New Yorker is out with their latest cover—this time, featuring cultural disruptor Kanye West.

Cover Story: Kanye’s 2020 VisionILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT / The New Yorker

The illustration features a depiction of Kanye West holding up a newspaper with the headline "TRUMP DEFEATS KANYE," in a direct allusion to the iconic photo of President Harry Truman in 1948.

Truman famously upset his Republican opponent Thomas E. Dewey, leading the Chicago Daily Tribune to print an incorrect banner headline on the front page on November 3, 1948.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up an Election Day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which, based on early results, mistakenly announced "Dewey Defeats Truman" on November 4, 1948. The president told well-wishers at St. Louis' Union Station, "That is one for the books!"BYRON ROLLINS / ASSOCIATED PRESS

At Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, West now-famously declared his candidacy for President of the United States in 2020.

At a press conference in New York yesterday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump addressed a question about Kanye's candidacy, going as far as saying "I love him" and "maybe in a few years I'll have to run against him."

“Kanye West’s announcement of his intention to seek the Presidency reminds us that it’s not too early to start thinking about the 2020 campaign. (2016’s already old hat by now, anyway),” explained The New Yorker cover illustrator Barry Blitt on the magazine's website.

“And when one considers Mr. West, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to be reminded of another scrappy kid who won the Presidency, back in 1948, against all odds. The press wrote him off, too. That’s right—Harry Truman.”