Boston Globe publishes fake ‘President Trump’ frontpage

The Boston Globe, one of the prominent newspapers in the United States, on Sunday published a mockup of what a frontpage might look like should Republican frontrunner Donald Trump win the presidency.

The newspaper condemned Trump’s "deeply disturbing" and "profoundly un-American" vision, according to an AFP report.

"Deportations to begin, President Trump calls for tripling of ICE (immigration and customs enforcement); riots continue," read The Boston Globe's fake headline, dated April 10, 2017.

It was posted on the editorial page, accompanied by a ruthless editorial article saying Trump's campaign "demands an active and engaged opposition."

The mockup was published just three months before the Republican National Convention confirms the party's nominee, with speculation growing over what Trump might do should he actually win the highest office in the land.

On the page are several articles, including one about American soldiers refusing to follow orders to kill the families of members of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, another on a Republican-controlled Congress passing a libel law targeting "absolute scum" in the press.

A separate article details how Trump sparked a diplomatic crisis with China after naming his dog, a Shar-Pei, after Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan, according to AFP.

"I don't know why she's so offended, I love cute puppies and I love women! It's not like I tweeted out a photo of a Rottweiler named (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel," he was quoted as saying.

A note from the editor at the bottom of the page warns readers that "what you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP frontrunner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action."

The accompanying editorial urges Republicans to oppose Trump.

"Donald J Trump's vision for the future of our nation is as deeply disturbing as it is profoundly un-American," it said, warning that Trump could be one of the world's next "demagogic strongmen."

The satirical frontpage "is an exercise in taking a man at his word. And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page," the editorial said, according to AFP.

"It requires an opposition as focused on denying Trump the White House as the candidate is flippant and reckless about securing it."

The editorial also urged Republican leaders to pick an alternative nominee, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan or businessman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and said, "It is better to lose with principle than to accept a dangerous deal from a demagogue."

Republican Party bigwigs recently met to lay out a plan to derail Trump’s path to the Republican nomination.

Aside from coordinating efforts to prevent Trump’s nomination, conservative activists and party leaders were reportedly also mulling an option that was unthinkable just half a year ago: breaking with the Republican Party and launching an independent, third party bid for the White House.

But a poll released Saturday actually found that a third of Republican voters who support Trump could turn their backs on their party in November's presidential election if he is denied the nomination.

Meanwhile, Trump’s main rival Ted Cruz notched a key victory on Saturday by taking all 13 Colorado delegates in a state Republican convention, notching his fourth win in a row against the brash billionaire.


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