National Enquirer’s Trump Cover Mistakes Russian Warship For US 'Destroyer'

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19040023

The National Enquirer, that hallowed bastion of journalistic integrity that loves Donald Trump so much that it once bought a story about one of his affairs just to make sure it never saw the light of day, showered itself in glory today with a bold new pro-Trump cover story. Trump, you see, is going to wage — and win — World War III. What’s even more amazing is that, according to the Enquirer’s cover, he’s going to do it with a Russian destroyer.

Observe:

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Enhance:

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Hmm. Is that “Navy destroyer bound for NORTH KOREA” a Burke class destroyer? A Spruance? A Zumwalt, maybe?

Reader, it is not. That there is a Sovremennyy-class destroyer of the Russian Navy.

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To be more precise, the Enquirer’s photo is a computer-enhanced rendering of a Sovremennyy, by an English ship-modeling hobbyist, meant to show other model-builders the Russky sub-hunter’s array of antennae and standing rigging:

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Fun fact: The Russian ship model is made by a company called Trumpeter. So there’s that.

Was some photo intern trying to make a sly, subversive comment about Trump and Russia at an outlet that outwardly beatifies the POTUS? Was it just a lazy oversight? Did Enquirer bother getting the rights to that pic? Who the hell are “our 8 enemies,” anyway? And why did the Enquirer bury online news of its groundbreaking Pentagon “top secret report” below headlines about Charlie Sheen, Robert Durst, and Bill Cosby?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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Props to Twitter friend @forbesmm for the inspiration: