Donald Trump elected Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Donald Trump elected Time magazine’s Person of the Year

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The shortlist included the likes of Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and singer Beyoncé.

Announcing the 11-strong shortlist, the magazine said: “As head of the UK Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment.”

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“It’s a great honour. It means a lot,” the president-elect said. “It’s a very important magazine and I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year.”

It is the 90th time the US publication has named a person of the year, which is describes as the person “who had the greatest influence, for better or worse”.

In an online article by the magazine’s Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs it stated: “The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.

“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.”

In defending its decision it added: “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.”

The magazine named Mr Trump’s rival in the recent US presidential election Hillary Clinton as the runner-up.

Hackers, such as the ones who allegedly broke into the Democratic National Committee’s database this summer, took the third spot, although the group did not appear on a list of 11 Person of the Year finalists Time published on Monday.

 

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