Photoshop Skills, Earth Heating Up
December 12th, 2019 – President Trump lost out on Time’s Person of the Year title to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, and in response his team photoshopped his face over the original cover photo. “Trump War Room” tweeted out the image this morning after the Swedish teen was given the title, making her the youngest person to win the award.
The Trump War Room account is managed by the president’s 2020 campaign and describes itself as “highlighting @realDonaldTrump’s #PromisesKept, fighting #FakeNews” and punching back “10x harder.” While it is very real news that Thunberg won the title that Trump so desperately covets, the account highlighted what they view as promises kept to accompany the photoshopped image.
Above the Trump-Thunberg mashup is a list touting the economy, job creation, trade deals, and the destruction of Isis.
When it comes to keeping his promises, there’s only one Person Of The Year:
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 12, 2019
This isn’t the first time that Trump and his team have shown off fake covers of Time Magazine. In 2017, reporter David Fahrenthold discovered a framed, doctored cover featuring Trump dated March 1, 2009. It turns out the magazine didn’t publish an issue on that date, but the fake cover was hung on walls in at least five of President Trump’s clubs, spanning the globe from Florida to Scotland.
While the Trump War Room account didn’t call Thunberg out by name, Trump, 73, did attack her directly on Twitter. Early this morning, the president suggested she go to anger management sessions followed up by a trip to the cinema.
So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill! https://t.co/M8ZtS8okzE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Thunberg, who has been vocal about using her Asperger diagnosis as a superpower, responded by changing her Twitter bio. It now reads “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”
Trump was nominated alongside four other finalists for the Time title this year. He previously won the award in 2016 and has long been fascinated with the accolade. He has cared far less for the concern over global warming, calling it a hoax. Thunberg, on the other hand, continues to lead climate strikes and give speeches on the topic. Upon learning of her Person of the Year title, she said she shares the honor with “everyone in the #FridaysForFuture movement and climate activists everywhere.”
Following the release of the photoshopped image, and the tweet from President Trump, “#BeBest” and “BeBestMyAss” began trending, a nod to First Lady Melania Trump’s initiative to combat online bullying.