What Everyone Is Missing About Trump Being Named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
December 7, 2016 | Josie Wales
(ANTIMEDIA) — TIME Magazine announced president-elect Donald Trump as Person of the Year Wednesday morning, continuing “an every-four-years tradition of giving that title to the President-elect.” Social media users were quick to point out some less than savory Persons of the Year from the past, including Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Vladimir Putin.
The TIME designation is not exactly flattering to the president-elect. Neither is the follow-up article published shortly after, which further explains, ”TIME’s Person of the Year is the individual who has had the most influence on the world, for good or for ill.”
TIME’s article made it very clear that the influence of Donald Trump may be massive — but not positive. In fact, the piece reads almost like it’s describing what could possibly be the greatest villain the American government and its people have yet seen.
They might be right. And Trump might be basking in that glory.
The theme of the piece seems to be “for better or for worse,” with an emphasis on worse:
“This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse?”
“The revolution he stirred feels fully American, with its echoes of populists past, of Andrew Jackson and Huey Long and, at its most sinister, Joe McCarthy and Charles Coughlin. Trump’s assault on truth and logic, far from hurting him, made him stronger. His appeal—part hope, part snarl—dissolved party lines and dispatched the two reigning dynasties of U.S. politics. Yet his victory mirrors the ascent of nationalists across the world, from Britain to the Philippines, and taps forces far more powerful than one man’s message.
“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 regards to Hillary’s loss:
“It turned out to be a failing strategy when Hillary Clinton, who loves policy solutions and believes in them, tried to make this race a character test, a referendum on Trump. But it was certainly understandable. He presented so many challenges, so many choices about what America values. Her popular-vote victory, while legally irrelevant, affirmed the prospect of a female Commander in Chief. In fact, she crushed Trump among voters who cared most about experience and judgment and temperament, qualities that have typically mattered when choosing the leader of the free world.”
Hillary Clinton, in addition to being runner-up for president-elect, also happens to be this year’s runner-up for Person of the Year, described by TIME as “a symbol in a fight that was about much more than symbolism.”
“She’s the woman who was almost President, she is what might have been and what will yet be….Like an American Moses, she was an imperfect prophet, leading women to the edge of the Promised Land. Now it’s up to another woman to enter it.”
If you oppose Trump, this article is for you. If you supported (and still support) Hillary Clinton, this article is for you. If you happen to be Donald Trump, this magazine cover may already be framed and hanging on the wall behind you, watching in sinister approval as you and your team hatch your next scheme to defeat Batman. To quote TIME:
“The year 2016 was the year of his rise; 2017 will be the year of his rule.”
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