Donald Trump was viciously attacked by Uncle Sam, and it was caught on tape. Despite the would-be GOP presidential nominee’s recent turmoil in the media, this Uncle Sam has nothing to do with the U.S. government, politics, or political popularity. Rather, the Donald Trump-attacking “Uncle Sam” is a 27-year-old bald eagle, and as TIME reports, it had no love for The Donald during a recent photo shoot.
Clearly, there’s no love lost between Uncle Sam and Trump. The bald eagle, long recognized as a protected symbol of America’s freedom and independence, seemed to have a particular dislike of Donald Trump’s hotly contended hair, as well as not care much to have the reality TV personality invading his personal space.
Before being attacked by Uncle Sam the eagle went public, Donald Trump once again found himself notoriously highlighted in the media for his harsh words about Muslim immigrants. During a campaign rally, Trump spoke of banning Muslims who are non-U.S. citizens from entering the U.S. through legal channels. Following his words, he faced immediate backlash, CNN reports. Everyone from the White House to Benjamin Netanyahu to his political foes were quick to distance themselves from the latest round of Donald Trump rhetoric, some going so far as to compare him to Hitler and his proposed policies to those implemented in Nazi Germany.
The photo shoot in which Donald Trump was repeatedly attacked by Uncle Sam took place in August, and was orchestrated for a cover shoot for TIME Magazine. At the time of the photo shoot, Trump was riding high in the GOP polls and had been nominated as TIME’s “Person of the Year.” Trump since lost that coveted award to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Donald Trump ended up being a runner-up, along with ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the “Black Lives Matter” social activists, and Caitlyn Jenner.
Donald Trump, rarely gracious in defeat, didn’t waste a moment bashing on both Merkel and TIME, CNN reports. Trump complained of being “the favorite” and ripped the magazine for instead choosing the person who’s “ruining Germany” in a Twitter rant.
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Donald Trump has gone on record disparaging Merkel’s immigration policies with regard to Syrian refugees in Germany. The policies implemented by Merkel since the refugee crisis began in Europe are on the opposite end of the spectrum of those that Trump has proposed for the United States in the event his presidential bid is successful.
TIME stood by their “Person of the Year” choice, despite Donald Trump voicing his opinion that he was somehow slighted by the respected news magazine. When Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs announced the publication’s final choice, she clarified the reasoning behind it.
“She has stepped up in a way that was uncharacteristic even for her. She’s been a very long-serving leader, the longest-serving in the West. She controls the world’s fourth-largest economy, but this year she really was tested in how she would respond to some of the most difficult challenges that any leader is facing in the world.”
It is also believed that the release of the video showing Donald Trump being attacked by Uncle Sam was a bit of a dig by TIME, put out in response to his criticism of the magazine and their “Person of the Year” choice. Like all of the other runners-up for the award, the magazine wrote a piece about Trump for the “Person of the Year” issue. They did a second story on Donald Trump, featuring a gif of the would-be politician being attacked by Uncle Sam.
Trump had a few words to say to his voter base and the public-at-large following the release of the eagle attack video, TIME reports. Namely, that he was “not really frightened” of Uncle Sam’s talons and beak. Political foe and fellow republican Jeb Bush was of a different opinion, though. Once confirming the validity of the video, he commented that it “looked like the eagle scared him a little bit.”
Thus far in his bid for the U.S. presidency, Trump’s poll numbers have remained steady and he’s seemed untouchable by his numerous scandals, no matter how politically incorrect. It remains to be seen if being attacked by a bald eagle named Uncle Sam will leave Donald Trump unscathed in the long run.
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