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Time Accused Of Modeling Trump Cover After Hitler Cover

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Time magazine is under fire for its cover portrait of President-elect Donald Trump, which some claim purposefully compare him to Hitler or make him appear as if he has devil horns.

Trump was named Time's "Person of the Year" on Dec. 7, a title that goes to "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse," according to Time.

The magazine emphasizes that "the person is not necessarily a hero," and mentions that dictators Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin have each received the title in the past.

Some have speculated that Time perceives Trump to be in the same company as Hitler according to the Daily Mail, saying that the president-elect's cover portrait looks strikingly similar to Hitler's "Person of the Year" cover from 1941.  

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Both covers have the leaders sitting in brown armchairs and, when the covers are placed side by side, it looks as though they are sitting back to back.

"Interesting how Time put Hitler and Trump in similar chairs and positions, back-to-back. Intentional I'm sure," one user wrote on Twitter

Others claim the red "M" above Trump's head makes him appear as if he has devil horns.

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"The Time magazine cover places the M so it looks like [Trump] has horns," wrote another Twitter user. "Shameful."

But, as Metro points out, Trump isn't the only person to look as if he has devil horns. Pope Francis, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush have also had cover portraits where their head is directly under the "M," as well. 

The president-elect also had some issues with the cover, particularly that the magazine calls him the "President of the Divided States of America."

"I think putting divided is snarky," he told NBC's "Today" show, according to Metro. Although he conceded that America is currently divided, he says that the division is not his fault.

"I’m not president yet. I didn’t do anything to divide," he said. "There’s a lot of division. We’re going to put it back together."

He still said it was a "tremendous honor" to be named "Person of the Year."

Sources: Daily Mail, Time, Metro / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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