TIME Has Named Donald Trump 2016's 'Person Of The Year'
To nearly no one's surprise, President-elect Donald Trump has been named TIME's "Person of the Year," for 2016.
Following the tradition of giving presidents the contentious title, Trump called it a “tremendous honor” despite the magazine's also calling him "President of the Divided States of America." Speaking with Today's Matt Lauer on Wednesday (Dec. 7), Trump condemned the title of a divided nation, a point that has been addressed since his win over the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
"I think putting divided is snarky. I’m not president yet, so I didn’t do anything to divide," he said.
The businessman beat out a varied group of nominees including Hillary Clinton; Simone Biles, the Olympic gymnast; Beyoncé; Mark Zuckerberg and the Flint, Mich., whistle-blowers who brought the Flint Water Crisis to the nation's attention. Past winners have also been pleasing to some but not to all with Adolf Hitler getting the title in 1938, and Joseph Stalin receiving the honor in 1939 and 1942.
In the past, Trump has announced TIME's list and shamed their pick of German chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015.
President Barack Obama took home the title in 2008 and 2012. The honor has gone to groups like protesters (2011), the computer (1982) as "machine of the year" and "you" (2006) as an ode to content creation on the web.