The Boston Globe’s Sunday edition this week includes a fake front page that describes a future Donald Trump presidency in order to make the case that a Trump administration would be a danger to the country and a disaster for the world.
The headline of the paper reads “Deportations To Begin” and the fake story beneath it describes President Trump calling on Congress to triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in order to facilitate the removal of millions of illegal immigrants. The story includes references to an Attorney General Chris Christie, and also notes that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has been placed on a White House blacklist that for some reason requires her to report on the news from a sports bar near New York’s Rockefeller Center. The story also suggests that deporting 11.3 million illegal immigrants would cost roughly $400 billion and require 900,000 ICE agents.
Besides the main story, other stories and details contained on the fake front page include:
- Trump being a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize because his anti-Muslim rhetoric has resulted in a healing of the Sunni-Shia schism in Islam.
- Work on a new border wall being halted after Mexico “refused to pay” for it.
- Kid Rock becoming ambassador to Japan and offending the emperor with a speech saying America’s allies should “Let the [expletive] business guy run the [expletive] country like a [expletive] business.”
- Trump’s economic policies sending the Dow Jones average down from 16,500 to below 10,000 in less than a month.
- The court martial of several U.S. soldiers for refusing direct orders to kill the families of ISIS members.
- The implementation of the LAME (Limiting American Media Entitlement) Act, which drastically strengthens American libel laws in order to make it easier to sue members of the press. In the story, Trump refers to the press as “absolute scum” and celebrates with Hulk Hogan, who recently (in real life) won a $140 million judgment against Gawker Media.
- Trump starting a diplomatic row with China by naming a new pet dog after Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan.
- Yellowstone National Park dropping its “loser” name and becoming Trump National Park.
- Trump’s new romance novel, “A Trumping to Remember,” being yanked from shelves after it is discovered to have plagiarized the May 1986 issue of Penthouse.
“This is Donald Trump’s America,” a small editor’s note at the bottom says. “What you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP frontrunner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action. Many Americans might find this vision appealing, but the Globe’s editorial board finds it deeply troubling.” The paper then invites readers to read a normal editorial denouncing Trump deeper inside the paper.
That editorial describes the satirical front page as “an exercise in taking a man at his word.”
“[Trump’s] vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page,” it says. “It is a vision that demands an active and engaged opposition. It requires an opposition as focused on denying Trump the White House as the candidate is flippant and reckless about securing it.”
Near the end, the editorial says nominating Sen. Ted Cruz instead of Trump is not the answer, as Cruz is “equally extreme – and perhaps more dangerous.” Instead, the paper says the GOP should use a brokered convention to choose a nominee such as Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney.
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