Time Magazine’s 90th pick for person of the year is President-elect Donald Trump, who ironically beat Hillary Clinton once again in the contest for this title, but not everyone is willing to acknowledge his historic impact on global politics.
The cover of Time is a historically coveted position for politicians, especially being chosen as person of the year, yet the magazine was sure to add a bit of snark by printing the phrase “President of the Divided States of America”, implying that Trump somehow was responsible for the great division between voters this year.
Time Magazine seems to forget that a Democrat, President Barack Obama has been in charge of this country for the past 8 years, and if Americans had been relatively united during his tenure, Donald Trump would never have gained the support that he did to win the election.
Trump has not been favored by Time Magazine this year, as they joined their fellow journalists in failure to predict his victory, and you can see the natural progression of their political views in their previous magazine covers.
The accompanying article to Trump’s Person of the Year cover is just as critical as their past publications, and you can just feel the anguish as the writer describes Trump’s rise to success during the election in Time magazine’s article.
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.
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 as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism. To his believers, he delivers change—broad, deep, historic change, not modest measures doled out in Dixie cups; to his detractors, he inspires fear both for what he may do and what may be done in his name.
Of course it wouldn’t be a mainstream news article about Donald Trump if it didn’t throw in accusations of racism, as the author was sure to include. Even the positive points of this piece seem tainted by cynicism.
As Time Magazine was sure to insult Trump’s supporters earlier in the year by publishing hit pieces on him, it appears they have now triggered their more liberal readers as well, judging by their meltdowns on Twitter in reaction to this cover.
— Ideate Vision 📎⚖ (@ideate_vision) December 7, 2016
.@TIME And this is why I stopped reading you. In the 90’s.
— Alan Bennett Ilagan (@alanilagan) December 7, 2016
— dj calaverita 🌹💀📚 (@oraleia) December 7, 2016
— Sheedy’s left peg (@Marillionmark) December 7, 2016
@TIME You also chose Hitler, Putin and Stalin in past years. This makes a lot of sense in that context.
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 7, 2016
Oddly enough, one upset Twitter user published the cover of Time Magazine that featured Adolf Hitler on it many decades ago, who is also sitting in a chair that is mysteriously similar to the one Time has Trump sitting in on today’s cover. I can’t help but think that wasn’t an accident on the publisher’s part, as Trump was often painted as “literally Hitler” by the more left leaning media outlets during the election.
I also can’t help but notice the erie parallels between Trump’s victory in being chosen as Time’s Person of the Year over Clinton, who was also in the running, since in the weeks leading up to this decision a poll by the Today Show showed Hillary was in the lead for Person of the Year.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 6, 2016
History does indeed repeat itself, as once again the mainstream polls showed Hillary Clinton winning in a contest against Donald Trump, yet ultimately losing to him in the end.