By Bonnie K. Goodman
President-elect Donald Trump now holds a title that last year he said he would never receive Time magazine’s Person of the Year. On Wednesday morning, Dec. 7, 2016, Time named Trump their Person of the Year, an honor awarded recent president-elects. Time’s recognition is somewhat conflicting calling Trump the President of the Divided States of America with a cover many readers claim make him appear to have horns on his head and seem uncomplimentary.
Trump appeared on the Today show to discuss his Time cover Wednesday morning, telling the hosts, “It’s a great honor, it means a lot, especially me growing up reading Time magazine. But to be on the cover of Time magazine as the ‘Person of the Year’ is a tremendous honor.”
The president-elect was also not a fan of the title saying it was “snarky.” Trump explained, “I’m not president, yet so I didn’t do anything to divide. I mean there’s a lot of division. And we’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well healed and we’re going to be a great economic force and we’re going to build up our military and safety and we’re going to do a lot of great things.”
Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explained why the magazine chose Trump. Gibbs wrote, “For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class. For those who see it for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism.”
Trump gave the interview for the profile in Fifth Avenue Manhattan Trump Tower penthouse. The president-elect expressed, “What amazes a lot of people is that I’m sitting in an apartment the likes of which nobody’s ever seen. And yet I represent the workers of the world. I’m representing them, and they love me, and I love them.”
Time magazine chooses their Person or People of the Year based on whether “for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year.” Every president since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 has been named Person of the Year at some point in their presidency recently, however, the president-elect has taken the honors, since Jimmy Carter in 1976. As the Hill noted, “President Obama was named Person of the Year in both 2008 and 2012 after winning elections, as was President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.”
Time also named five runner- ups, Trump’s opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was first, The Hackers of the 2016 presidential campaign, second, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was third, The Crispr Pioneers were fourth while singer Beyonce was fifth.