Donald Trump is a man who despises “fake news.”
Wait, that’s not a very Trump-ish way to put it. Let me try again.
Donald Trump is a man who thinks the dishonest media is “trying to cover for a huge election loss by printing #FAKENEWS, but despite it all, covfefe. #MAGA.”
There we go. That’s a little more “presidential.”
Given how worried Trump is about the “fake news” phenomenon, one would think that the last thing he would do is hang up framed copies of a fake TIME magazine cover featuring himself in his clubs and resorts.
But that’s exactly what he’s done, because according to TIME spokeswoman Kerri Chyka “this is not a real TIME cover”:
And yet here it hangs:
The framed copy of Time Magazine was hung up in at least four of President Trump’s golf clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the big headline said. Above the Time nameplate, there was another headline in all caps: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS .â€‰.â€‰. EVEN TV!”
This cover – dated March 1, 2009 – looks like an impressive memento from Trump’s pre-presidential career. To club members eating lunch, or golfers waiting for a pro-shop purchase, it seemed to be a signal that Trump had always been a man who mattered. Even when he was just a reality-TV star, Trump was the kind of star who got a cover story in Time.
But that wasn’t true.
The Time cover is a fake.
There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time Magazine. And there was no issue at all in 2009 that had Trump on the cover.
“So how did Trump – who spent an entire campaign and much of his presidency accusing the mainstream media of producing ‘fake news’ – wind up decorating his properties with a literal piece of phony journalism?” WaPo goes on to ask.
Well, no one really knows.
Asked to comment, this is what Sarah Huckabee Sanders came up with:
We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.