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President-elect Donald Trump shades his eyes while looking at supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time magazine on Wednesday named Donald Trump its Person of the Year, bestowing what the president-elect called an “honor” even as he derided the idea that he’ll lead “the Divided States of America.”

That was a reference to Time’s cover line — “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America” — that was positioned next to the cover photograph of the president-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.

“I didn’t divide ’em,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” show. “We’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well-healed.”

Time editor Nancy Gibbs said the publication’s choice was a “straightforward” choice of the person who has had the greatest influence on events “for better or worse.”

Trump climbed from fiery underdog in the race for the GOP presidential nomination to winning the White House and defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election. Trump won 306 electoral votes, easily enough to make him president when the electors meet on Dec. 19. Clinton won the popular vote.

He won in part by articulating in blunt, populist terms the racial, economic and other factors that divide Americans, many of whom have not felt the nation’s recovery from recession. Trump stomped campaign traditions and social norms, including by insulting women, Muslims, Republican leaders, a reporter with disabilities and more. He also praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and last week irritated China and broke diplomatic norms by speaking by phone with the leader of Taiwan.

“When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, broken the rules, violated norms, beaten not one but two political parties on the way to winning an election that he entered with 100-to-1 odds against him?” Gibbs said.

Clinton was the No. 2 finalist, Gibbs said. She said Clinton “came closer than any woman ever has to winning the White House, and in the process revealed, I think, both the opportunities and the obstacles that women face in the public square.”

“The Hackers,” ranked after Clinton. Gibbs said that referred to “a new cyber security threat we saw this year of state-sponsored hackers looking to delegitimize an American election.” She said this was “something new this year and something very disturbing.”

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17 thoughts on “Donald Trump Is ‘Time Magazine’ Person Of The Year

  1. What an “unqualified,” arrogant, man-boy loser! Donald is a con artist, racist bully! I am glad Times magazine at least inserted the quote on the cover page of Donald “creating a further divide” in this racist country! Intellectual for Donald = grade (F)!

    I will never recognize Donald as a President. What a world’s disgrace!

  2. specialt757 on said:

    hahaha God bless America. You few dummies are the reason for the divide. He didn’t save a damn thing. He wasn’t even in negotiations to help that local union save those union jobs, it was Mike Pence. And Trump is such a grown ass baby that he has to throw tantrums every time someone says anything not in his favor. Shut up and sit down somewhere before you get a spanking.
    SN: I’m going to need a “2 striker” to take one for the team, might as well do something useful with your short stay on the outside.

  3. Trump isn’t even gracious when he “wins” if you think this is a win. He was complaining about the subtext under his picture “President of the Divided States of America” He said, “I didn’t divide them.” no of course you didn’t now come over here and let me sell you the bridge to the nowhere

    • specialt757 on said:

      Right it’s definitely not a win for our country. He along his emps and simps broaden the gap on an already divided country. We’ve never been together on anything, and his “win” certainly to make things better.

  4. The clown think it was a compliment but the fact is it was a piece about how he has divided this f up country more. Btw he didn’t save those jobs. The real person who’s going to be there prez mike pence save those few hundred jobs. Obama save 1.5 million auto workers jobs not to mention the 15 million that have been created since he has been prez. So take the u racsit birches.

  5. Teresa on said:

    What has Trump done other than run his mouth and act like a spoiled brat and lie? He is not authorized or has power to do anything except try to set up a cabinet to govern. This is another example of a white man behaving badly and being hailed and a god! If President Obama did any of this stuff during the transition period, they would have tried to impeach him before taking office! SMDH!

    • 700 jobs is not much of a save when you consider Obama saved over 5,000 with his plan to save the auto industry which he did and we still have this industry in the US Trump has done 0 and times will only get worse But you keep on believing that’s why they invented cotton candy

  6. Trump has done more in 4 weeks for this country than Obama has done in 4 years. Liberal Democrats heads are exploding, I just love it. Why can’t you people accept that his goal is to make this country great again. It really is.

  7. OMG!! Every time I turn my phone, TV, or laptop on this clown’s face comes up. Enuf already. News media…….pleeeez stop with the over coverage of this clown. No one wants to hear about this man 24/7 for the next 4 years. He brings such negative vibes. I know the media has to have something to talk about everyday….but believe me I’ve heard tons of people say they are turned off by the constant news coverage.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Being named person of the year is not always a good thing. It’s obvious that his name has been in the media this year more than any other person, sometimes well deserved and sometimes not. When a criminal such as himself can “win” a presidential election after he admits to not paying taxes, and sexually assaulting women, then he definitely earned the right to be asshole, I meant person of the year. His attitude is so f-d up he can’t even appreciate the honor.

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