President Trump is thrashing in a sea of scandals of his own making. His administration is struggling just to keep its head above water and his legislative agenda has all but stalled out.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia continues to pick up steam with a string of indictments already on the books. On top of that, this past week the Trump Tower office of the president’s personal attorney and friend was raided by the FBI. The administration is hemorrhaging key staff at a historic rate.
Adult film star Stormy Daniels continues to dominate the news cycle with her allegation that Trump had an extramarital affair with her and subsequently sent a thug to intimidate her. To top it all off, today news broke that Trump may have fathered an illegitimate child with a former employee. The president’s legal problems are lockstep with his disastrous PR problems.
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TIME Magazine ran a cover in February 2017 showing Trump in the Oval Office, seated behind the Resolute desk as a storm picks up around him. The image was clearly indicative of growing problems for the administration and the chaos unleashed on the country by our reality television leader.
Now, TIME has released an updated version of the cover. On it, the storm has worsened and the Oval Office is flooded, with water rising up over the desk. Trump sits, seemingly undaunted or perhaps more accurately, oblivious.
The caption says “Stormy,” a clear reference to the political storm raging right now, as well as Stormy Daniels. The cover is a powerful distillation of the national zeitgeist in 2018.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 12, 2018
— TIME (@TIME) April 12, 2018