Time magazine has picked president-elect Donald J. Trump as its 2016 Person of the year, but editors couldn’t stop making fun of the situation and called him ‘President of the Divided States of America.’ The selection comes as a big surprise to Trump who criticized Time previous years for failing to nominate him even though he was “the big favorite.”
The billionaire wasn’t happy with the title the magazine gave him, but he added he was “tremendously” honored.
The annual marketing move is designed to select a person or group that had a tremendous influence on the year’s events. Last year, the magazine selected Angela Merkel to Trump’s sheer disappointment. On Dec. 9, 2015, he complained on Twitter that Time would rather select someone who “ruined” Germany than him.
This year, the magazine had announced 10 possible winners who included Mark Zuckerberg, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, and the whistle-blowers in the lead-poisoned water scandal in Flint, Mich. Clinton came second on the list after Trump because she secured the popular vote even though she lost the U.S. election.
The NBC made the announcement on the “Today” show and Trump agreed to a phone interview. He told host Matt Lauer that the magazine was very important and expressed gratitude about being “lucky enough” to feature on its covers many times.
However, he wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t the one who divided America.
When you say divided states of America, I didn’t divide them. They’re divided now.”
He pledged to put back things together and end the division. His long-term objective is to have a nation that is “very well healed.” At the time of the interview, it was unclear whether the president-elect had seen the cover or he simply commented on Lauer’s remark that the U.S. remains divided.
In the phone call, he told the NBC host that he would unveil his pick of secretary of state next week. Also, he discussed his June promise to sell all his shares if he is elected POTUS.
Time’s editors acknowledged the selection of Trump was one of the most straightforward selections ever made. The magazine picked its first Person of the Year in 1927.
This year, the real estate tycoon featured on its covers multiple times. In January, he praised the magazine’s profile of him as one of the best. Seven months later, Time featured a depiction of him melting down. The image was a response to rumors that his campaign was going down the drain. In October, the image was updated to depict a complete meltdown of the real estate billionaire.
Three years ago, Trump blasted the magazine saying the list of important people had turned into a “joke.” He predicted that the magazine would soon see its demise. Trump comments hold some water since Time is known for some controversial picks such as Adolf Hitler for Person of the Year 1938 and Stalin in 1939 and 1942.
In 1969, Time chose the Middle America for its courage to continue to pray in public schools even though the nation’s highest court criticized the practice. In 1982, there was another eyebrow-raising Person of the Year: a personal computer.
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