It’s Trump’s time. Time magazine has named president-elect as Time magazine’s Person of The Year, just one year after he tweeted that Time magazine would never pick “me despite being the big favorite” over Angela Merkel.
In 2015, Angel Merkel was Time’s person of the year. The magazine identifies people over the past 90 years who have impacted the world in either a positive or negative way.
Merkel has been under recent scrutiny concerning her ‘open-border’ policy with Syrian refugees and the recent Berlin Christmas attack.
Trump probably should have won last year and maybe Hilary would have been on this year’s cover? What is also interesting is the back-lash we now have to witness. Now people are going ape-shit over the Time cover pick.
Time had this to say about their pick:
It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption. This real estate baron and casino owner turned reality-TV star and provocateur—never a day spent in public office, never a debt owed to any interest besides his own—now surveys the smoking ruin of a vast political edifice that once housed parties, pundits, donors, pollsters, all those who did not see him coming or take him seriously. Out of this reckoning, Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse. (Time)
Shows you the real shit in politics, doesn’t it? How Donald Trump beat out Hilary Clinton, The Hackers, The Crispr Pioneers and Bayonce to name a part of the short list.
Nancy Gibbs writes, “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.”
In the cover story by Michael Sherer, he closes his interview with this comment:
For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair. Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country. Whatever you think of the man, this much is undeniable: he uncovered an opportunity others didn’t believe existed, the last, greatest deal for a 21st century salesman. The national press, the late-night comics, the elected leaders, the donors, the corporate chiefs and a sitting President who prematurely dropped his mic—they all believed he was just taking the country for a ride.
Now it’s difficult to count all the ways Trump remade the game: the huckster came off more real than the scripted political pros. The cable-news addict made pollsters look like chumps. The fabulist out-shouted journalists fighting to separate fact from falsehood. The demagogue won more Latino and black votes than the 2012 Republican nominee.
As we approach 2017, we shall see how the new presidency will turn things around and make America “great again”?