It took a British satirical magazine to perfectly encapsulate the difference between the 2008 and 2016 US elections

Shame it’s true.
Shame it’s true.
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It’s 2016, and the Republican presidential nominee in the US elections has been caught on tape for boasting about sexually assaulting women. “Grab them by the pussy,” Donald Trump says in a 2005 recording obtained by the Washington Post. “You can do anything.”

How different things were eight years ago when Barack Obama and John McCain battled it out for the presidency. ”Yes, we can,” said Obama during a campaign characterized by messages of hope, optimism, and the promise of a more just and equal future being within America’s grasp. In his victory speech, Obama didn’t lambast his rival McCain, but lauded the sacrifices he had made during his military career.

This contrast has been captured on the latest cover of Private Eye, a British satirical magazine known for its acerbic, witty and ironic covers. Sadly for American democracy, it’s all too accurate.