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Donald Trump is TIME’s Person of the Year, but is there a hidden message behind the cover?

This cover is being hailed as a design masterstroke.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 8, 2016 1:17:39 pm
trump-time-cover-hidden_759 Twitter users have been busy dissecting TIME’s announcement of Person of the year. (Source: Twitter)

The year 2016 has been a quite eventful. As it comes to an end, there is no denying that one of the most historical events to have taken place was the historical win of now US president-elect Donald J Trump in America’s presidential elections. The billionaire businessman dominated media coverage not only in the US, but across the world with his extremely controversial comments and his alarming plans as future president, which is the reason for his selection by the TIME magazine’s editorial board.

As soon as the announcement was made on December 7, social media was buzzing with reactions ranging from disbelief to amusement. Many took to lambasting the magazine for its decision. But amid the pent-up emotions, and interesting set of observations also emerged – that of a cryptic message that the magazine could have been trying to convey through its dark cover image. That the magazine has played with the words ‘President of the Divided States of America’ is obvious enough (a phrase even Trump had reportedly objected to as well), but the following set of tweets analyse other subtle and plausible symbolism that the magazine’s art designers could have been playing with.

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From the positioning of the M above Trump’s head to the 1940s’ aesthetic references – could the TIME cover have a hidden meaning?

Here’s what Twitter users saw, and observed, after the magazine’s announcement.

When they realised this was not the first time.


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