The guy with his face pressed against the glass

Chris Cillizza asks and answers why Trump is so obsessed with being on the cover of TIME.

Why does Trump care so much about Time — a magazine that, like all national magazines, has been hit hard by the fracturing of the media and the changing advertising landscape?

Because all of Trump’s ideas about the media were formed in the 1980s. And at that time, Time was a massively important part of the culture. It was a tastemaker — and breaker. And, most importantly for Trump, it had a cover. A cover that, if you were on it, signified success in the broader culture.

Except not really. Time then (and still, as far as I know) was seen as deeply middlebrow, conservative, cautious…uninteresting. It was about like being covered by TV Guide or Readers Digest. It was like eating at McDonalds.

That sort of recognized success is what Trump has spent his whole life craving — and disdaining when he doesn’t receive it. He views himself as someone who, despite his successes and wealth, has never been accepted into the clubs and communities that he covets. He is forever the guy with his face pressed against the glass, watching the people he wants to be friends with eat, drink and be merry in clubs they won’t let him into.

Yes but Time makes no difference to all that. Snobs aren’t impressed by people on the cover of Time.

Making the cover of Time was — and is — to Trump a recognition by those very elites that he is one of them.

So wrong. I don’t know if it’s Trump who’s wrong here or Cillizza, but I promise you being on the cover of Time is not a fast track to being embraced by the elites.

Neither, for that matter, is being a noisy regular on Fox News; neither is being president of the US. Don is never going to break that barrier, because he is what he is and not something else. He’s deeply vulgar; he radiates vulgarity from every pore; that’s never going to change.

Fun fact: my uncle was on the cover of Time once. Not blood-uncle: my mother’s sister’s husband.

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