TIME Magazine’s Latest Cover Shows Trump ‘Welcoming’ Forlorn Immigrant Child
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Of all its Trump-themed cover art, TIME Magazine’s latest composite might be its most heart-wrenching yet.
The publication’s minimal photo illustration for its 2 July 2018 issue spotlights just two figures—the US President and a crying immigrant child—against TIME magazine’s signature red hue, but its impact strikes tenfold.
In the image, a cut-out photo of Trump towers over one of a little girl. The agonizing photo of the two-year-old Honduran child, which went viral last week, was shot by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer John Moore at the US-Mexico border when the girl’s mother was being checked by border agents.
Due to the powerful message of the photograph, TIME magazine selected it for its newest cover.
The graphic’s effect is perpetuated with the caption, “Welcome to America.” In most contexts, the message would have been interpreted positively, but it’s the opposite here.
The illustration arrived less than 24 hours after Trump reversed his administration’s policy, following public backlash, of separating immigrant children from their family members.
While the President has signed an order to halt these separations for the time being, it will take a lot more work to reconcile families who were already divided as a result of the policy. You can read TIME magazine’s cover story here.
For the first 240 years of U.S. history, at least, our most revered chief executives reliably articulated a set of high-minded, humanist values that bound together a diverse nation by naming what we aspired to: democracy, humanity, equality. The Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson etched onto the Declaration of Independence were given voice by Presidents from George Washington to @barackobama. @realdonaldtrump doesn’t talk like that. In the 18 months since his Inauguration, #Trump has mentioned “democracy” fewer than 100 times, “equality” only 12 times and “human rights” just 10 times. The tallies, drawn from a searchable online agglomeration of 5 million of Trump’s words, contrast with his predecessors’: at the same point in his first term, #RonaldReagan had mentioned equality three times as often in recorded remarks, which included 48 references to human rights, according to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Trump embraces a different set of values. He speaks often of #patriotism, albeit in the narrow sense of military duty, or as the kind of loyalty test he’s made to #NFL players. He also esteems religious liberty and economic vitality. But America’s 45th President is “not doing what rhetoricians call that ‘transcendent move,'” says Mary E. Stuckey, a communications professor at Penn State University and author of Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity. Instead, with each passing month he is testing anew just how far from our founding humanism his “America first” policies can take us. And over the past two months on our southern border, we have seen the result. Read this week's full cover story on TIME.com. TIME Photo-Illustration. Girl: @jbmoorephoto—@gettyimages; Trump: Thierry Charlier—@afpphoto/@gettyimages, @olivierdouliery—Pool/@gettyimages; animation by @brobeldesign[via TIME]