‘Time’ allows rare cover redesign to illustrate the chaos that is Donald Trump

A storm’s a brewin’ in the White House, and Time Magazine has found a way to perfectly illustrate the chaos on its latest cover.

In a rare callback cover, Time asked longtime collaborator Tim O’Brien to depict the absolute chaos that is Donald Trump as president of the United States. 

The “Stormy” cover for the April 23 issue reimagines O’Brien’s “Nothing to See Here” cover from Feb. 27, 2017. This time Trump’s being heavily rained on and he’s nearly drowning in a rising tide.

Time tweeted an animation of the cover, along with the words, “Donald Trump relied on Michael Cohen to weather the storm. Now the president is on his own.”

Cohen, who served as Trump’s personal attorney, recently had his office raided by the FBI in search of evidence that he paid two women who claim they had affairs with Trump to keep quiet. One of the women is porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, which makes the “Stormy” caption on the cover even more pointed.

In an article detailing how the cover came about, O’Brien explained, “When I painted the ‘Nothing to See Here’ cover art, like many, I assumed the level of chaos could not last, that patriots on both sides of the aisle would step forward to control much of what transpired in the past year.”

“As the never-ending flood of breaking news washed over the White House, and the firings, the scandals and the general mayhem filled each news cycle, I felt the storm metaphor was as relevant as ever,” O’Brien went on to say. “I mostly thought about how water would fill the space, how it would be transparent in some areas and reflective in others.”

According to Time, O’Brien’s Trump cover is one of less than ten times in the magazine’s 95-year history when covers were re-designed and re-published.

Congrats, Trump, on another Time cover to display on your wall. One can only imagine what this visual chaos will look like in another year. 🙃

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