Donald Trump was just exposed for hanging a fake Time Magazine issue in at least four of his golf clubs. The cover, falsely dated march 1, 2009, depicts Trump as an overall success.
“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the headline reads, followed by, “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS… EVEN TV!”
James Poniewozik, Time‘s television critic during the “date” of the fake issue, immediately spoke out about the claim that “The Apprentice” was a “smash.”
As Time's TV critic at the time, if I had called The Apprentice's ratings a "smash" in 2009, I would've had to resign in disgrace https://t.co/OZQBLIqJVG
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 27, 2017
Kerri Shyka, a spokeswoman for Time Inc., wrote in an e-mail to The Washington Post, “I can confirm that this is not a real TIME Cover.” As of 5 pm today, the magazine had officially asked the Trump Organization to remove the fake cover everywhere that it is currently displayed.
Trump, for his part, has not signaled whether he will acquiesce to their request. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Deputy White House Press Secretary, wrote in an e-mail, “We couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.”
This is, of course, not the first time that Trump has made false claims to shamelessly promote himself. From his charitable donations to acting as his own publicist to his inauguration crowd size, Trump has always been his own biggest fan, all the while keeping a tenuous relationship with facts. And while he has made a political career out of labeling the mainstream media as “fake news,” this is definitive proof that the only “fake news” has been perpetuated by Trump himself.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.