Donald Trump and TIME Magazine have a checkered past. They're sort of like that high school couple that breaks up and gets back together every five minutes and is exhausting and annoying. But it might be over for good now. TIME Magazine just announced it's 2017 Person of the Year, and it's pretty much as far in the other direction as you can get from our president. ...Or it might be too close for comfort. Either way, we think it's safe to say that President of the United States Donald Trump is probably not too happy about who received the honor in his stead.
Trump's been tweeting about TIME Magazine's Person of Year since even before he was in charge of the entire country.Back in 2015, Trump threw a fit because Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, received the honor despite the fact that he was "the big favorite." This begged the question, "Who is going around saying Donald Trump is the 'big favorite'? We must stop this person."
In 2016, TIME broke down crying at its locker and took Trump back, naming him its Person of the Year.
Donald Trump is TIME's Person of the Year 2016 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/5pTGOksevE https://t.co/N8BtqTu9Nl— TIME (@TIME)1481114002.0
Needless to say, Trump was thrilled that he and TIME were back together.He thanked the magazine for the honor, but it seems that he failed to notice the text that accompanied his cover photo: "President of the Divided States of America." Sure, TIME's Person of the Year is the one who's made the biggest impact on our nation, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's positive impact.
This year, the saga continued. Trump played "hard to get" when he tweeted this nonsense about the 2017 Person of the Year honor:He made it seem like he graciously backed down from their offer, but as with many bold statements that Trump often makes, there was another side to the story, one that completely rejected his side as a bald-faced lie.
Following Trump's tweet claiming that he "passed" on TIME's offer for 2017 Person of the Year, TIME's Chief of Content tweeted this:
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 (@Alan Murray)1511575927.0
It's "The Silence Breakers."
The Silence Breakers are TIME's Person of the Year 2017 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/mLgNTveY9z https://t.co/GBo9z57RVG— TIME (@TIME)1512563650.0
The best aspect of this project was described below by Charlotte Alter, a national correspondent for the magazine:"The Silence Breakers" are TIME's Person of the Year as opposed to Donald Trump, who's been accused of assault and harassment by dozens of women.
It's safe to say that TIME — if it considered Donald Trump for its Person of the Year at all — ultimately decided to go in a very different direction.
Trump: Time told me I was going to be Person of the Year. Time: Yeah we decided to go in literally the opposite di… https://t.co/7bWGPnFalz— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1512563841.0
Not only were these strong women and men named TIME's Person of the Year, but Donald Trump...
TIME’s Person of the Year, just announced on @TODAYshow, is the “Silence Breakers,” people who came forward to tell… https://t.co/QNiQctBgFM— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1512563703.0
Some though, were understandably confused by TIME's decision to name sexual assault victims its Person of the Year and name a sexual assaulter its runner-up.
It is extremely confusing that @TIME's Silence Breakers/Person of the Year cover story includes multiple references… https://t.co/Z9BFsbgD03— Mary Emily O'Hara (@Mary Emily O'Hara)1512568176.0