President Trump is known as a bit of an egomaniac. But would he really adorn the walls of several of his properties with a Time magazine cover feature about himself that is not real?
It seems that way.
According to a report by the Washington Post, mounted on the wall of at least four of Trump’s golf courses is a framed Time magazine cover, featuring his portrait, dated March 1, 2009.
There’s just one tiny problem — there was no issue of Time magazine on that date. In fact, the real Time cover came out the following day, March 2, 2009 and featured Kate Winslet. Oof.
There are a few clues that the magazine cover is fake, which were apparently noted by a reporter during a visit to one of Trump’s golf courses.
The red border around the photograph is skinner than that of a real Time cover, and there is no white line between the red border and photograph. Also, both headlines about Trump on the cover have explanation points. As the Washington Post pointed out, “Time covers don’t yell.”
A Time representative Kerri Chyka confirmed to the Washington Post in an email that the magazine cover is fake.
However, the fake cover is good for one thing — DJ lessons. Apparently, the bar code on the cover is for this audio video karaoke software
What’s more is Trump was never featured on a Time cover in 2009. But don’t worry — Twitter conveniently imagined what some of Trump’s magazine covers could look like today:
Sports Illustrated even offered to let you get in on the fun:
Trump has been known to lie about Time covers. He has claimed before that he has “the all-time record [of cover photos] in the history of Time magazine,” which is, of course, not true. Former President Richard Nixon, for example, has appeared on Time’s cover 55 times.
Seriously though, Trump loves to bash the media for producing so-called “fake news”. So why, then, has he so prominently displayed an actual piece of phony journalism on several of his properties?
At this point, it is unclear. Mashable reached out to the White House and Trump Organization for a comment, but has not received a response. The Washington Post received this email response from Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders regarding the magazine cover:
“We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump golf clubs one way or another.”
Honestly, maybe Trump just doesn’t know the cover is fake? While that may sound like a stretch, don’t forget it would not be the first time that’s happened.
UPDATE 27 June 2:33 pm PT: According to the Washington Post reporter who covered the story, Time has asked that the fake cover be taken down from Trump’s properties.