Time Magazine editors chose US President-elect Donald Trump for the Person of the Year 2016. Trump outranked everyone in the running, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who slayed it at the readers’ poll. This is the 10th time that Trump has graced the cover of the magazine.
But Trump’s win was obvious given the intense heat generated before and after the US Presidential Elections 2016.
There is a reason why Time described him as the ‘President of The Divided States of America’.
“For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class; for those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism,” the magazine said.
When asked how he felt, Trump said, “I didn’t have Beyoncé (Knowles) or Jay Z or Bruce Springsteen to get crowds. I had just me, and ideas that people wanted to hear.”
There is no doubt that his election actually brought Hillary Clinton’s supporters on the streets in protests that almost veered to the violent.
Protests have been so intense that anti-Trump brigade called for the end of the Electoral College system – a system that has been in place since the independence of the US.
It was indeed surprising that Trump’s election exposed the anarchist tendencies in Clinton’s supporters, a trait those very people used to accuse Trump loyalists of having.
Trump prevailed an election that was closely observed by the world community because of the polarising characteristics of the contenders. Trump won despite almost the entire media and the intellectuals in the US closing ranks behind Clinton, who either obfuscated or totally put the lid on the failings of the Democratic contender as a Secretary of State.
Even now, there are voices in the US who are speaking out both against and in favour of Trump on his being declared the Person of the Year. That’s how polarised Trump has made the US:
Trump’s mental condition is open to debate, I suppose; that he’s an incompetent asshat seems undeniable.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 7, 2016
Don’t believe in media bias? Check out the message of the Trump cover vs. Obama’s. https://t.co/X9IisM1My7
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 7, 2016
Donald Trump’s win, which almost threatened to shake the world’s oldest democracy, is what indeed the BIG thing of 2016. There is no doubt about it.
In fact, Trump was ranked 2 in the readers’ poll tying with US President Barack Obama and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The only one above him was PM Modi, whose decisions and foreign policy have been hailed as the best that has happened to India in many years.
And India is not out of Trump’s mind.
“It is a powerful country compared to India and China, who have more people. But when you look at what we do in this country, it is the most incredible place on earth,” said Trump to Time.
“To his believers, he delivers change — broad, deep, historic change, not modest measures doled out in Dixie cups; to his detractors, he inspires fear both for what he may do and what may be done in his name,” writes Time.
That, perhaps, sums up the worldview of Trump, and THAT is definitely someone who “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”.