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Trump is Time magazine’s Person of the Year

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    President-elect Donald Trump shaded his eyes while looking at supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON » Time magazine today named Donald Trump its Person of the Year, bestowing what the president-elect called an “honor” even as he derided the idea that he’ll lead “the Divided States of America.”

That was a reference to Time’s cover line — “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America” — that was positioned next to the cover photograph of the president-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.

“I didn’t divide ‘em,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” show. “We’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well-healed.”

Time editor Nancy Gibbs said the publication’s choice was a “straightforward” choice of the person who has had the greatest influence on events “for better or worse.”

Trump climbed from fiery underdog in the race for the GOP presidential nomination to winning the White House and defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election. Trump won 306 electoral votes, easily enough to make him president when the electors meet on Dec. 19. Clinton won the popular vote.

He won in part by articulating in blunt, populist terms the racial, economic and other factors that divide Americans, many of whom have not felt the nation’s recovery from recession. Trump stomped campaign traditions and social norms, including by insulting women, Muslims, Republican leaders, a reporter with disabilities and more. He also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and last week irritated China and broke diplomatic norms by speaking by phone with the leader of Taiwan.

“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?” Gibbs said.

Clinton was the No. 2 finalist, Gibbs said. She said Clinton “came closer than any woman ever has to winning the White House, and in the process revealed, I think, both the opportunities and the obstacles that women face in the public square.”

“The Hackers,” ranked after Clinton. Gibbs said that referred to “a new cyber security threat we saw this year of state-sponsored hackers looking to delegitimize an American election.” She said this was “something new this year and something very disturbing.”

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    • Watch the Alt-Left try to criticize the deal that SoftBank just announced to PE Trump. A 50 billion dollar investment to our great nation which will create 50,000 jobs. This deal wouldn’t have happened under O’s 3rd term.

      Already #MAGA before he’s even officially in office. AWESOME!!!

      • Agreed late. He’s a “get things done” type of guy and I am glad we have him on “our” side. I can’t wait for him to get into the White House and get his ideas moving.

    • It’s a for-profit magazine putting a person on it’s cover to sell the most magazines. That’s all. Besides, Hitler and Stalin were Time’s Person of the Year as well. Americans are so overly obsessed with who is the “best” or “#1” or “fastest” or “hottest” or “sexiest”. It’s all commercialism and is just a choice made by a small bunch of people in an office. We need to learn to think for ourselves and stop relying on slick advertisements, hoopla and bling. We should make informed and intelligent decisions on our own and not have sheep-like mentality. Yes, all of that is just my humble opinion.

  • I would have preferred Kellyanne Conway, for running a SUCCESSFUL presidential campaign. Imagine if she were a Dem and steered Sec. Clinton’s campaign to a win, Time would be calling her a hero.

    • Conway did an amazing job indeed. And she was also the 1st female presidential campaign manager in our country’s history. If not Time, she would definitely be on the cover of some other magazine had she steered Clinton to a victory. She speaks very well with the media, I think she’d be a nice fit for the WH Press Secretary.

  • the time mag article is more of a hit piece on trump, continuing the false narratives of the democrat party and its complicit press.

    in contrast, time calls clinton the moses leading her people up to a promised land of broken ceilings. in fact, clinton was the golden baal taking her followers down into a black hole of corruption, greed, arrogance and disdain for working americans.

    the media continues to be political ideology masquerading as data driven reporting.

    • That’s if you don’t count Trump’s misdeeds against women and the mass of students taken in by his Trump University. By the way, he paid them off after proclaiming that he would fight them in court to the very end. Then there are the many workers who did not get paid because he did not pay the contractors for the work they did for him. And then there are the maneuvering to not pay his share in taxes for many years. Well, of course he is exempt from even sharing his tax information like that “crooked” one that did share hers. So who is hiding things?

  • Implying that Clinton lost because of her gender is absolutely ridiculous. She was a terrible candidate. Virtually any other decent democrat, including Bernie and many women, would have beaten Trump, who himself was a terrible candidate. The dems and Hillary spent too much time focusing on how terrible Trump was/is instead of conveying a message of hope for all Americans. Unfortunately the news media, including Time Magazine, was/is part of the failed democratic machine and they still can’t come to terms with the loss.

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