It is just about the point of the year when Time magazine releases its annual “Person of the Year” issue to highlight the individual or group of people who have had the most influence on the news cycle throughout 2017.
Though leftists didn’t like it, few could argue against then-President-elect Donald Trump being named “Person of the Year” in 2016, and word was that the president was in the running for the honor once again this year.
Trump alluded to as much in a tweet over the Thanksgiving holiday — and essentially turned it down, which prompted Time to dispute Trump’s version of events.
Amazing. Not a speck of truth here—Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME’s person of the year https://t.co/D6SJgyTpcY
— Alan Murray (@alansmurray) November 25, 2017
Whatever the procedural differences might have been, The Daily Caller just reported that the “shortlist” released by Time of its 10 finalists for the honor does indeed include Trump … along with six or seven other finalists who arguably are Trump’s anti-theses.
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
First, the non-individual, group of people finalists for Time‘s award — two groups held up by the left, and whose members most likely aren’t big fans of the president.
The first group is the Dreamers, adults who were brought to this country illegally as children immigrants who were unconstitutionally offered special protections against deportation by former President Barack Obama. Trump has rescinded that special protection and placed the matter squarely before Congress to figure out what to do with them (where the questions should have been all along).
The second group that made Time’s shortlist is the women who make up the #MeToo campaign, a social media movement of women speaking up about their past experiences regarding sexual harassment, abuse and assault, particularly at the hands of powerful figures in Hollywood, the media and politics.
Considering virtually all of the #MeToo targets have been liberal giants, this group shouldn’t necessarily be anti-Trump, but they’re feminists, so the truth makes no difference to them.
Now for the individuals on the list, most of whom are rivals, if not outright enemies of President Trump.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, owner of virulent anti-Trump rag The Washington Post and one of the few men on the planet who can challenge Bill Gates for the title of “richest man in the world,” tops the list.
He is followed by ex-NFL quarterback and social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick, who started the anti-American national anthem kneeling protests that came to a head in 2017 when Trump expressed the disapproval at the gesture that was already shared by millions of Americans.
Also on the list is special counsel Robert Mueller, who for months has headed up an investigation into supposed Russian interference and collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.
A certain enemy of Trump’s — North Korean communist dictator Kim Jong Un — also made the list, due to his grabbing of the headlines all year through multiple tests of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, not to mention the back-and-forth rhetoric traded with the president.
Interestingly, for all of their virtue-signaling to the left and talk of gender equality, only one individual woman made Time’s list — Hollywood director Patty Jenkins, who oversaw the making of the hit film “Wonder Woman” and became the first female director to top $100 million at the box office on a film’s opening weekend.
That leaves only two individuals on the list who might not be as public in their opposition to to Trump, but are definitely on the side of rivals.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recently cemented his rule over the country’s communist party for at least another five years, has cooperated with Trump in some areas, but the two are no doubt butting heads when it comes to trade, North Korea and Chinese military expansion in the South China Sea, among countless other issues.
The last entry on the shortlist of finalists is Saudi Arabian Crown Prince (soon to be King) Mohammed bin Salman, who has simultaneously cracked down on corruption among his country’s elite while quietly leading reforms in the Muslim nation that many Westerners never expected to see happen in their lifetimes, if ever.
We will await the final announcement of who Time will declare “Person of the Year,” but we won’t hold our breath expecting it to be Trump again, even as there is no question that he has, just like last year, seized the headlines on a daily basis and driven the news of the day, every day, for better or for worse.
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