If you follow TIME Magazine on Twitter, you might have seen a brief video this morning unveiling their latest cover, which is entirely dedicated to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The cover is dominated by a gorgeous photo of her from the chest up, looking into the distance with a serious expression as though she’s considering the best way to save humanity from the looming climate apocalypse. The caption reads, “The Phenom: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became America’s lightning rod.”
If you were a Trump supporter, you were very offended by this, judging by the number of angry and bitter responses with an undercurrent of the fear of having one’s unfair advantages taken away. Some of them declared that they were canceling their TIME subscriptions, as though any Trump supporter had ever subscribed to TIME Magazine. Especially since there are more TIME covers depicting Trump as half Putin or a melting face or standing in front of a small crying Latina child than there are ones that make him look at all good.
But profiling a smart, successful, and fearless Latina woman in a positive light? That’s too much, apparently.
Ocasio-Cortez herself praised TIME for avoiding the whitewashing of her skin on the cover, which has been a problem with many magazines in the past whenever a person of color shows up in a photograph.
This is a small-big thing, but shout out to TIME and Collier Schorr for getting my skin tone right in this photo. ⭐️ It’s the little things that make a big difference, a lot of people see + appreciate it https://t.co/hGWZFLCvs3— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
But what you’re really here for is all the sad Trump supporter tweets and people making fun of them. Enjoy!
You need a friend.— Suzu #Resist (@suzuhiggins) March 21, 2019
Argh! I read something I don’t agree with. Run! Hide!— Kevin Buckby (@kevbuckby) March 21, 2019
Oh no... come back.... pic.twitter.com/nPp5jJhJlE— Gibran Arroyo (@GiveanX) March 21, 2019
I also felt sick from excitement as well. But don’t worry, the happiness comes after that passes ?— Peshmerga Bot (@ProudFupa) March 21, 2019
Yeah. We’re all in Congress, right? I bet you’ve won tons of elections with that sparkling personality and silver tongue of yours!— Christian Wiksten (@keckmeister) March 21, 2019
Not sure if you’re criticizing her or saying she should run for president?? Hahaha!— Jesse (@I_Dunno36) March 21, 2019
Would bet you don’t have a subscription to anything that requires reading— john mcpeake (@thepeakster65) March 21, 2019
Ask Fox News, they seem to be the ones obsessed with her.— Molly (@itsmolly) March 21, 2019
It’s March 21st— Jonathan Jimenez (@iamjonajim) March 21, 2019
Nah, I'd rather be in Maerica during the 50s, when the marginal tax rates were high.— Arqost (@ExistingBfresh) March 21, 2019
What? Like "repeal & replace"?— Francisco Castro (@FKAFernando) March 21, 2019
As opposed to when this blatant criminal was on the cover? https://t.co/dD4tUT7bgl— ? The Right Irreverand Doktor Zaren, Uncivilized ? (@zaren) March 21, 2019
@ your daughter tho— No One (@IronMetalRoses) March 21, 2019
Na, you don't need to. We like her more than you— Unpopular Opinions (@ByeSensitivity) March 21, 2019
Disguating sociqlist— Pilar Arce (@cdelpilar5) March 21, 2019
Oh please. These evil Democratic socialist scumbags are trying to change the rules of the elections to try to steal this country in 2020 and then abolish the Electoral College to ensure that Democrats remain in power forever. The Democrats America is going to suck.— Rob (@NightRanger232) March 21, 2019
Buckle up, Trumpers. It’s going to be a long future of accessible healthcare and not dying in a massive climate change-fueled storm.