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A portion of a the fake front page of The Boston Globe published on the newspaper’s website on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Photograph: AP

The editorial board of The Boston Globe has printed a fake front page featuring Donald Trump as president.

The newspaper printed the front page in its Sunday “Ideas” section and on its website.

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The page is dated 9 April, 2017, and features a large photo of Trump below a headline that reads “Deportations to Begin.”

The story features an address by Trump to the nation, saying illegals would be deported “so fast your head will spin”.

The accompanying story has Trump calling on Congress to fund a deportation program amid protests and curfews in place in several cities. It notes that Chris Christie is the administration’s attorney general.

The rest of the page paints a fairly depressing, dystopian view of the US under Trump.

One article focuses on a plunging stock market. Another is headlined: “New libel law targets ‘absolute scum’ in press”, while a third reads: “US soldiers refuse order to kill Isis families.”

Some jokes are included to lighten the mood, such as a mention of Yellowstone National Park being renamed after the president and Trump making the Nobel prize shortlist. “His feat? Healing a 1,385-year-old schism between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, which has fueled bloody conflicts across the globe for centuries.”

In a scathing editorial, the Globe called the mock-up “an exercise in taking a man at his word.”

“Donald J Trump’s vision for the future of our nation is as deeply disturbing as it is profoundly un-American,” it reads.

“His vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page.”

The editorial casted Ted Cruz, his closest rival for the 2016 Republican nomination, as “equally extreme” and urges Republicans, if possible at the party’s nominating convention in July, to draft a “plausible, honorable” alternative, suggesting US House Speaker Paul Ryan or former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Associated Press contributed to this report