I remember when I was a kid, I would tell people I knew karate. Partly I did it to ward off potential bullies. It sort of worked, I suppose. But the real reason I lied about karate — a discipline that takes practice, patience, and a host of attributes I was not endowed with as a child — was to impress people. Now that I’m grown, I have to wonder what Donald Trump’s childhood lies were. The ones he tells now are ridiculous. They’re certainly not impressing anyone.
Tuesday’s edition of the Washington Post features a story of what could be a harmless lie Trump still tells. But when you couple it with the patterns you see in the rest of his public persona, you are left with the impression of a very insecure, childish man. It’s the story of a fake Time Magazine cover.
The photoshopped cover hangs on the walls of at least four of his seventeen courses and features a full-frame photo of Trump. Headlines declaring his success emblazon the page:
DONALD TRUMP: The “Apprentice” is a television smash!
TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS… EVEN TV!”
If those don’t look like Time headlines to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen one or two. They don’t use exclamation points — a telltale sign of Trump influence on the design — and if they ever did, two of them would be out of the question. Time would probably remember to put the entire name of the show in quotation marks. WaPo gets into all of the signs that the cover is fake, including a quote from a Time spokeswoman, Kerri Chyka:
I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover.”
It looks like a gift to himself. It’s not just one of those novelty covers, either. You know, where you get your dad’s face with some hilarious headline on a fake newspaper and give it to him for his birthday. No, the designer for the vanity cover Trump decorates his resorts with went to the trouble of looking up the headlines from a real issue around the date of the fake one. The fake has a date of March 1, 2009. The purloined headlines about Obama and banking news are from the March 2 edition. That means whoever made this actually did some research to make it look real.
So how does this tie into fake claims about inauguration attendance? Phony assurances of jobs created or saved? Claimed credit for others’ successes?
He should probably just go back to telling people he knows karate.
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