hen I was younger I went to popular Ohio amusement park Cedar Point and they had this cool souvenir thing where you could go and get your picture taken and put on ANY magazine cover that you wanted. Because I was about seven years old, I chose Barbie Magazine, and that thing stayed on a shelf in our living room for years.
I bring this up not to brag about being a faux-cover girl, but because it's highly possible that the President of the United States might have recently taken a trip there himself.
If you are feeling sporty and find yourself in one of President Trump's many golf clubs, it's highly possible that you will see this Time Magazine cover hanging on the wall.
This cover — dated March 1, 2009 — looks pretty impressive.
“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the big headline reads. Above the Time nameplate, there was another headline in all caps: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”
Caps and exclamation point, people!
There’s only one teeny, tiny, problem…
According to the Washington Post, this cover is completely fake. In fact, there was no March 1, 2009 issue of Time Magazine at all.
All the question marks.
In reality, there was a March 2, 2009 issue, but that cover featured actress Kate Winslet. On top of that, Trump’s fake cover layout is inconsistent with the one Time has been using for years.
In fact, Trump has only been on the cover of the revered publication once in 1989, long before he had political aspirations. And that cover reads: “This man may turn you green with envy – or just turn you off. Flaunting it is the game and TRUMP is the name.”
"I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover," Time Inc. spokeswoman Kerri Chyka told The Washington Post in an email.
Neither The Washington Post or TIME are sure who created this fake news cover, or why.
(No word on if they checked the souvenir shop at Cedar Point.)
Chyka also confirmed they have asked the Trump Organization to remove the phony cover from the walls where it was on display.
Trump has stayed silent on the matter, but in an interview last year, the then-Republican candidate boasted about his Time cover tally, saying, “I think I was on the cover of Time Magazine twice in my life and like six times in the last number of months. So you tell me, which is more important, real estate or politics, okay?”
“I have six for politics and I have two for real estate or whatever they put me on for.”
Ellipsis. Question mark.