President Trump Has a Fake TIME Magazine Cover with His Face on It Hanging in His Golf Clubs
The faux cover, dated March 1, 2009, includes a big headline saying: “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!”
In an article published Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that a framed copy of a cover purporting to be from PEOPLE’s sister publication was hung up in at least four of Trump’s golf clubs around the world.
The faux cover, dated March 1, 2009, includes a big headline saying: “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” and another in all caps that reads: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”
A Washington Post reporter visiting one of Trump’s properties spotted the cover — and its telltale mistakes, including the placement of the headlines and the fact that it has two exclamation points.
TIME and PEOPLE’s parent company, Time Inc., has gone on record confirming the cover was not published in March 2009 — or ever.
A White House spokesperson referred questions about the cover to the Trump Organization, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Washington Post: “We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.”
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It’s unclear who created the fake cover or why. There are 14 real Trump TIME Magazine covers to choose from, although there’s only one from his pre-politics days, published in 1989. The Post notes one hint: March 1, 2009 was the season debut of Trump’s show The Celebrity Apprentice.
The fake cover was seen hanging in Trump’s clubs in Doral, Florida; Loudoun County, Virginia; Doonbeg, Ireland; and in his Turnberry club in Scotland, the Post reported, noting that the framed covers that once hung in the Ireland and Scotland clubs were mysteriously taken down in recent weeks.
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The newspaper says it’s possible Trump is at least aware of the cover’s existence. Since becoming president, Trump has visited his Virginia club more frequently and was photographed facing the fake cover during a meeting.
Though the president has loudly proclaimed his disdain for the “mainstream media,” he has boasted more than once about his multiple (real) appearances on TIME’s cover. “I think we have the all-time record in the history of TIME Magazine,” he said during a speech at CIA headquarters in January.
But that too was a fabrication. Richard Nixon has appeared on many more TIME covers than Trump.