Time magazine has just made its new cover for the 2 July issue public and its portrayal of US President Donald Trump as a heartless child tormentor is incredibly haunting.
In the cover, Trump is shown looking down at a crying child, who was forcibly separated by the US border police from her mother after the latter was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. The photo had gone viral causing huge outrage both in America and abroad.
A popular US magazine New York Daily News had termed Trump an animal. Even Google CEO Sundar Pichai had reacted with shock. Pichai’s tweet had said, “The stories and images of families being separated at the border are gut-wrenching. Urging our government to work together to find a better, more humane way that is reflective of our values as a nation.”
In the haunting photo a small baby (same has now appears on Time cover) in a red top and blue trousers was seen weeping bitterly while looking at a person, who’s believed to be questioning her mother on suspicion of having entered the US illegally.
The magazine also carried an equally hard-hitting article, which said, “Presidents have many jobs, and one is telling us who we are. For the first 240 years of U.S. history, at least, our most revered chief executives reliably articulated a set of high-minded, humanist values that bound together a diverse nation by naming what we aspired to: democracy, humanity, equality. The Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson etched onto the Declaration of Independence were given voice by Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama.
“Donald Trump doesn’t talk like that. In the 18 months since his Inauguration, Trump has mentioned “democracy” fewer than 100 times, “equality” only 12 times and “human rights” just 10 times. The tallies, drawn from factba.se, a searchable online agglomeration of 5 million of Trump’s words, contrast with his predecessors’: at the same point in his first term, Ronald Reagan had mentioned equality three times as often in recorded remarks, which included 48 references to human rights, according to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.”
The new Time cover too has gone viral even before its publication. Several prominent people have begun sharing the cover with moving comments. Journalist Tim Pickard asked, “Trump is proud of his numerous Time covers, wonder what he’ll make of this one.” White House JD Durkin wrote, “that is some image. the new @TIME cover.” Investigative reporter Brian Krassenstein dared Trump to hang the photo in his hotel lobby. He wrote, “Wow!! This week’s Time cover is chilling.”
Faced with international outrage, Trump was forced to sign a reversal order on Wednesday. He bowed to relentless pressure in the US and around the world and signed an executive order that the White House said would keep families who cross into the US illegally together.
“You’re going to have a lot of happy people,” Trump had said as he signed the order, billing it as the most significant presidential move on immigration in half a century — even though he was fixing a problem his own administration had caused, reported CNN.
It’s, however, not clear whether the children already having been separated will be united with their parents any time soon. US immigration officials said that as many as 2,342 children had been separated from 2,206 parents from 5 May to 9 June amid a “zero-tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration brought in by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Last month, the US administration publicly announced its decision to charge every adult caught crossing the border illegally with federal crimes, as opposed to referring those with children mainly to immigration courts.