TIME magazine has named Donald Trump as its 2016 person of the year.
Seated on a lavish smoker’s chair in Trump Tower, the president-elect featured on the magazine’s front cover along with the caption “President of The Divided States of America.”
It should be noted that the “person of the year” title is a misnomer, as it is awarded to the person “[who has] had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year,” rather than sole acts of goodwill. Trump, then, is a lock choice.
In the accompanying article, TIME wrote of its decision:
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.
Trump, however, played down his chances receiving the honor last year:
“It’s a great honor. It means a lot,” said Trump in a telephone interview on NBC’s Today show.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the second finalist, with “The Hackers” — a term for the amorphous hackerspace — third. Thanks to her politically charged Lemonade album, Beyonce ranked fifth.
Yesterday, TIME shared its top 100 photos of 2016.