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Was Trump Labeled 'Best President' or 'Worst President' on a 'Time' Cover?

Two images purportedly showing President Trump on the cover of "Time" magazine under the headlines "Best President Ever" and "Worst President Ever" are both hoaxes.

Published Apr 25, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
Image Via AP Photo / Susan Walsh
Claim:
President Donald Trump was labeled as either the best or the worst president ever on the cover of "Time" magazine.

Two images purportedly showing U.S. President Donald Trump on the cover of Time magazine — one labeling him the "Best. President. Ever." and the other the "Worst. President. Ever." — are frequently shared on social media among both his critics and his supporters:

Neither of these covers is real. They do not appear in the Time vault (an archive of the magazine's previous issues), nor do they appear in the publication's article post about all the times Donald Trump has graced its covers:


According to the magazine, Trump was on the cover fifteen times since the start of his successful presidential campaign as of April 2018, and once prior to his presidential bid.  We haven't been able to pinpoint the exact origins of the hoax magazine covers, but the "Worst. President. Ever." image has been around since at least November 2017. It's likely that the "Best. President. Ever." image was created in response to that, or vice versa.

At the time, President Trump was boasting about how he had turned down Time's offer to be their "Person of the Year." The publication disputed the claim, however, and the "silence breakers," various people who spoke out and shared their stories about sexual assault, were ultimately honored with the title:

Trump was Time's "Person of the Year" in 2016. 

Sources

Reilly, Katie.   "Here Are All the TIME Covers Featuring Donald Trump Since the Start of His Presidential Campaign."     Time Magazine   11 January 2018.

Phillips, Kristine.   "A Look at Trump’s On-Again, Off-Again Love Affair with Time Magazine."     Washington Post   25 November 2017.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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