Lame Duck Trump Will Likely See A Political ‘Enemy’ Named Person Of The Year
Adding one more insult to a year of political injuries for Donald Trump, while he struggles through the humiliation of being a lame duck who can’t admit he lost, it looks as though Time magazine will name, as Person of the Year, one of the people he has opposed all year.
Donald Trump has been obsessed with Time‘s Person of the Year designation for quite a while. As early as 2013, he was tweeting complaints about not being picked, and quoting others as tweeting that he should have been the choice. Even in 2011, he complained about Occupy Wall Street protestors being chosen. Below are tweets from 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015, all making this complaint.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2011
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2013
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2014
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
It should be understood, here, that the president seems to misunderstand the title. It isn’t necessarily an honor, and designates someone who has had a significant effect on society, whether good or bad. Their choices have included Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Richard Nixon.
In 2016, Trump finally got his turn. However, true to form, it wasn’t a glowing worship piece. Instead, Time described hate crimes carried out in Trump’s name, a dearth of actual plans and details in his “sales pitch,” and his courting of Vladimir Putin.
The next year, Trump tweeted to claim Time had considered him for Person of the Year and he’d turned them down.
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
But, as the Guardian reported, Time responded to say that was false. Still, they named him as runner-up, and did so again in 2018, when they credited the president for firing up resistance against him.
This year, Donald Trump’s influence on the world is coming to an end, and he probably won’t be happy with the selection. According to the New York Post, nominees include Dr. Anthony Fauci, with whom Trump has clashed on COVID-19 safety protocols, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who Trump has attacked over coronavirus restrictions, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who Trump has squabbled with over…well, a lot of things.
“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own Country, they’re calling the guards along our Border (the Border Patrol Agents) Concentration Camp Guards, they accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the Benjamin’s,….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
Governor Cuomo has shown tremendously poor leadership skills in running N.Y. Bad time for him to be writing and promoting a book, especially since he has done such a poor job with Covid and Crime. So many unnecessary deaths. The City & State have sunk to historic lows…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2020
Informed Dr. Fauci this morning that he has nothing to do with NFL Football. Forced Democrat run Minnesota to bring in the National Guard & end rioting & looting after seeing the destruction & crime in Minneapolis. 100% successful! Waiting to hear from Dem run Washington State…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2020
If any of the above is named Person of the Year, it will be one more blow to Donald Trump’s ego as he faces exiting the White House.