Donald Trump is on the cover of Time magazine, and the headline reads: “Deal with it.”
The meme-worthy photo shoot features the Republican presidential candidate posing with a 27-year-old American bald eagle — the emblem of the United States.
Photographer Martin Schoeller said about the shooting: “When I get an assignment, I do my research and try to figure out what kind of picture would make the most sense given who the person is and what they’ve been up to.”
And with Trump running for president with the slogan “Make America Great Again”, Schoeller thought about adding a bald eagle – the U.S.’s national emblem – to the photo. “Mr. Trump liked that idea,” says the photographer. “I thought he might be open to it considering he’s a man who loves attention. He likes controversy, and he likes to be in the spotlight.”
The 27-year-old American bald eagle, named Uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas by master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Jonathan Wood – and brought to the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in mid-town Manhattan. “It’s hard to plan what animals will do,” says Schoeller. “There’s not much training you can do with a wild bird and Mr. Trump was a little hesitant holding the bird, so it was very tricky to get the bird to [stay] on his hand.”
Wood, the bald eagle’s owner, felt the shoot went well – and he would know. For the past 20 years, after Uncle Sam was hit by a car in 1994 and was deemed “non-releasable” to the wild, Wood has been crisscrossing the country with it. “I’ve done a lot of educational programs in schools with that bird,” he says. “He’s been in movies, television shows and commercials. Millions of people have seen him.”
For Wood, it made sense to pair Trump with Uncle Sam. “Donald Trump is an icon, and this bald eagle is an icon.”
Trump’s official campaign motto is “Make America Great Again!” But if there were a vote for an unofficial motto, “Deal With It” would be a very strong contender. Every time the billionaire is confronted about something offensive he’s said in the past — whether it’s sexist or racist comments — he essentially tells people to deal with it.
For example, when Fox News’s Megyn Kelly asked Trump if it was presidential to call women fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals, he responded, “I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t either.” In other words, “Deal with it — I don’t have time to watch what I say to make sure it doesn’t offend people.”
To a lot of people, Trump’s comments are genuinely offensive. But it’s also why a lot of other people support Trump: Many voters believe that Trump is a genuine person who isn’t afraid to tell the truth, even when it might offend others. Of course, that doesn’t diminish the fact that he really is offending others — and it might make him unelectable among certain groups of people, like women and Latinos.
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