Donald Trump's 'TIME' Cover In 2015 Vs. The Donald's 'TIME' Cover In 1989 Prove That, Yeah, Nothing's Changed
In case you hadn't seen enough of Donald Trump lately, his face is gracing the cover of TIME magazine on Thursday, with the headline "Deal with it." There's no denying that Trump's presidential campaign is unlike any other — he fully funded it himself, he doesn't try to downplay his wealth, and he doesn't have much of a filter when speaking, to say the least. Nonetheless, he's leading the GOP field, with 24 percent support from Republican voters, according to the latest CNN / ORC International poll. The last time Trump scored the cover of TIME was in 1989, when he was fairly new to the spotlight, and besides his looks, not much has changed since then. So how does Trump's new TIME cover compare to his 1989 cover?
For starters, Trump was 26 years younger when his last TIME cover photo was shot, and the infamous comb over was still brown (yes, the comb over is that old). The 43-year-old Trump looks like a baby compared to the Trump we all know today. His skin was very orange on the last cover, and it's hard to tell whether that's just because of the way the photo was taken, or if he had an unfortunate spray tan at the time. Luckily, Thursday's cover was spray-tan-less, and his face was a normal, human color. One thing remained the same: Trump's very serious facial expression. Although it got more menacing with time. Apparently, he's not one for smiling (or even smizing) for cover photos.
The 1989 TIME cover reads: "This man may turn you green with envy — or just turn you off. Flaunting it is the game, and Trump is the name." At the time, Trump was becoming a famous entrepreneur, and had already built a billion-dollar empire, complete with Trump Tower, casinos, football teams, and luxurious homes. In his interview, Trump was just as confident and flashy as he is today, saying things like, "Who has done as much as I have? No one has done more in New York than me," and "I love to have enemies. I fight my enemies. I like beating my enemies to the ground."
The fact that Trump is mostly the same now as he was back then proves that he hasn't changed to become more appealing to voters, and he believes he's the most genuine presidential candidate. He told TIME for the recent cover story: "I don’t think the people running for office are real. They have to throw a lot of consultants away and be themselves. I think it is one of the things that has helped me."