Fake TIME magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump's golf club locations

  • Fake TIME magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump's golf club locations

Fake TIME magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump's golf club locations

Fake news? How about fake magazine covers.

"We won't tell anyone it's fake", the magazine captioned the tweet, adding a winking emoji for good measure.

A reporter visiting one of Trump's properties recently saw the cover and noticed several discrepancies from normal TIME covers.

The cover in question, which Time confirmed to the Washington Post was not legitimate, borrowed headlines from real issues of time like "Obama's Next Move: Can He Cut Health-Care Costs?"

A few hours later, though, some curious news came out: The Post reported that the walls of no less than four of Trump's golf clubs play host to a framed cover of Time magazine featuring Trump.

Meanwhile two of the same secondary headlines were featured on an actual cover featuring Kate Winslet's image, from March 2, 2009.

Also, it's a Time cover about how "The Apprentice is a television smash!" backed up by the assertion that "TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS ..." White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to say whether the president had known the cover wasn't real.

As the Washington Post noted, Trump may be under the impression the fake cover is real. The next appearance after that was August 31, 2015, and he has been on the cover 14 times.

For all of Trump's respect for Andy Warhol, he doesn't seem to have enlisted an artist or even a decent Photoshopper to create the cover, which is essentially a pastiche of a portrait of Trump and the generic templates typically used for photos taken at a bar mitzvah, or inside a photo booth. He has claimed before that he has "the all-time record [of cover photos] in the history of Time magazine", which is, of course, not true.

The Trump Organization did not respond to the Post's request for comment on why the fake cover is displayed prominently in their properties.

"We couldn't comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another", she wrote in an email to the Post.