Forty days before they’re set to be sworn into office, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are enjoying the glow of being named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year”, a title that’s been coveted by Donald Trump for so long, he had a mock-up of the magazine’s cover made with his own picture under that heading. The announcement caps off another bad week for Trump, whose attempts to overturn the election results have been denied 52 times in the lower courts, while his plea to be heard by the Supreme Court regarding the vote in Pennsylvania remains all but ignored.
But while Trump didn’t receive TIME’s highest honor, he was given a completely different and much more dubious title by Der Spiegel, the German magazine which has the highest circulation of any publication in Europe: Loser of the Year. “Nothing is normal under Trump,” the article, written by the publication’s Washington bureau chief and a Berlin-based correspondent, said.
The article goes on to criticize Trump for refusing to concede the election to Biden and described him as “a man who … was never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing – himself.”
While several major news outlets declared Biden the projected winner of the election on Nov. 7, Trump has since refused to concede, repeating unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud as part of a Democratic attempt to steal the election from him. However, he seemed to at least acknowledge the incoming Biden Administration in a tweet on Friday.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 11, 2020
The article came as Time published its selection of Biden and Harris as their top people of the year Thursday evening, noting the challenges facing the duo as they take on rapid coronavirus surges across the country, as well as Harris’ historic win as the first African American, the first woman and first South Asian American to serve as vice president. Since the election, Trump’s legal team has launched a multistate legal battle challenging election results and claiming voting irregularities. Several of these lawsuits have been thrown out by courts, citing a lack of evidence.
Germans have consistently shown unfavorable views of Trump, with a January poll from the Pew Research Center showing that roughly 3 in 4 or more lacked confidence in him in Germany, a view shared by people in Sweden, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Now we just need more Americans to catch up to this attitude.