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The Boston Globe printed a mock front page on Sunday, ripping what the paper's editorial board called Donald Trump's "flippant and reckless" White House run and contending that his vision for the country is "profoundly un-American".
The mock front page screams "Deportations to Begin" in large type and reminds readers of the Republican Party frontrunner's promises to build a wall on the Mexican border and target "scum" reporters.
Divisive: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Milwaukee. Photo: AP
It also suggests that the military would refuse to kill family members of Islamic State; contends that president Trump's actions would spark a trade war with China and Mexico; and jokes that Yellowstone National Park would be renamed Trump National Park, which is less of a "loser" name.
The Globe's editorial board called the page, which is dated April 9, 2017, "the front page we hope we never have to print".
The fake page appears inside the paper, not on the actual front of the Sunday edition.
The satirical front page of The Boston Globe published on the newspaper's website on April 9. Photo: Boston Globe via AP
In an accompanying editorial, the paper's leaders called upon delegates to the Republican National Convention to choose someone else, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, or Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and party's presidential nominee four years ago. The editorial board said it merely took Mr Trump's claims to their logical conclusions.
"It is an exercise in taking a man at his word," the editorial says. "And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page.
"The toxic mix of violent intimidation, hostility to criticism, and explicit scapegoating of minorities shows a political movement is taking hold in America. If Trump were a politician running such a campaign in a foreign country right now, the US State Department would probably be condemning him," the Globe editorial board wrote.
"It is better to lose with principle than to accept a dangerous deal from a demagogue."
The mock Trump page was conceived and executed by the Globe's editorial writers, columnists and commentary editors, who make up the newspaper's editorial board, said Ellen Clegg, the newspaper's editorial page editor, adding the parody "does not involve our newsroom".
The mock front page envisions a host of political, financial and international scenarios ranging from disturbingly surreal to darkly humorous, all playing on Mr Trump's real pronouncements about illegal immigration, Muslims, national security and the First Amendment.
A colour photograph of Mr Trump making a speech is centred near the top of the page under a banner headline reading: "Deportations to begin," with a subhead reporting that Mr Trump was calling for a tripling of immigration enforcement personnel as "riots continue".
Mock entries include a story about unrest in the ranks of the US military as soldiers refuse orders to kill family members of Islamic State militants, and the headline: "New libel law targets 'absolute scum' in press".
In a more tongue-in-cheek vein, a brief item reports Mr Trump on the "short list" for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"His feat? Healing a 1385-year-old schism between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, which has fuelled bloody conflicts across the globe for centuries."
Mr Trump and other Republican candidates are racing towards the party's July nominating convention in Cleveland, and it appears Mr Trump won't have the nomination sewn up before then.
That raises the likelihood of a contested convention in which other candidates, including those who haven't been campaigning, could seek the nomination.
On Super Tuesday, Mr Trump easily won the Massachusetts Republican primary, collecting 22 delegates and nearly 50 per cent of the vote.
Mr Trump's campaign did not respond to a request for comment late on Saturday.
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