Trump bragged in a press conference on January 21st, that he has set a record for being on the cover of Time Magazine — he hasn’t. In fact, the person who has that record is actually, drum roll please, you guessed it: Richard Nixon.
That fact was not lost on the Morning Joe crew, at all, not only the alternative fact that he holds a record but his braggadocious claim that it somehow elevates him when the coverage he is getting just doesn’t support his empty Time cover brag.
Yet again Trump’s presidency mirrors Nixon. The American people would do well to remember that Time doesn’t cover only positive things, in fact, it is often just the opposite. Remarkable, earth shaking, Time-worthy moments are not always “good,” as the fact that Nixon, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin were all on the cover more than once reflects. As explained by Time in an article entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know About TIME’s Person of the Year,” you could conceivably choose a “bad guy” “every year and be justified.”
The criterion is “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.” A lot of news is bad news and a lot of people who make bad news are very powerful people. TIME’s editors aren’t immune to that reality. Famously, they named Hitler in 1938 and Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942. These were men who had a huge impact, not just in those years but over the entire century. It’s easy to stand by those choices, looking back. Arguably you could do a bad guy every year and be justified.
To make this a little clearer, this is the cover that sparked this boast:
The content of the article, well that is explained by Time Editor Nancy Gibbs to Joe and Mika. It is an easy conclusion to make that Trump should really read those articles about him before bragging about them.
The storm that he is weathering with such lack of concern is nothing compared to the storm that he is subjecting on the American people. The article talks about a poll done by the American Psychological association, in which 6 in 10 Americans say that this political environment is causing them significant stress. Even among Trump voters, there is “a significant level of anxiety.” Not excitement, stress.
This is the first uptick in that number in a decade.
That isn’t what a good leader does.
Watch the Morning Joe piece, here:
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