Arms crossed, Donald Trump stares out proudly from under the iconic, red TIME masthead while an all-capped headline blares: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS. . . EVEN TV!”
Copies of the Time Magazine cover, dated March 1, 2009, were seen hanging prominently in at least four of President Trump’s golf resorts, flanked by other framed magazine pages celebrating Trump, his family, or his companies.
Only problem, as the Washington Post discovered, it’s not real.
There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time Magazine, and Trump did not grace the cover at all that year. However, his TV show, The Celebrity Apprentice, did premiere on March 1, 2009.
A spokeswoman for Time Inc., confirmed to BuzzFeed News the magazine cover is a fake and that it has asked the Trump Organization to remove the doctored covers from all locations where it is displayed.
While at first glance the magazine looks just like the real thing, the red border of the fake cover is thinner, the headlines are stacked in the wrong place, and it features two exclamation points — one of Trump’s favorite punctuation marks but not usually found in actual Time headlines.
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