Time Magazine announced Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today Show that President-elect, Donald Trump, was their pick for “Person of the Year.”
Washington Examiner reports, “Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time, said the choice was “straightforward,” given Trump’s unprecedented and disruptive campaign for president.
“When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, broken the rules, violated norms, beaten not one but two political parties on the way to winning an election that he entered with 100 to 1 odds against him?” she said. “I don’t think that we have ever seen one person operating in such an unconventional way have an impact on the events of the year like this.”
In an online summary at Time.com, the magazine said, “For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is Time’s 2016 Person of the Year.”
The choice is generally in line with Time choosing a newly elected president as its pick.
In 2015, Trump publicly railed against the magazine for not naming him its person of the year, instead choosing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“I told you Time Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite,” Trump wrote on Twitter at the time. “They picked person who is ruining Germany.”
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