According to Wikipedia: “Person of the Year (called Man of the Year until 1999) is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that “for better or for worse…has done the most to influence the events of the year”.
And the 2016 Time’s Person Of The Year is President Elect Donald Trump. No one could dispute that Donald Trump has influenced the events of 2016 more than others. Political novice, he run for the highest office in the Country against seasoned politicians and defeated them all. He encountered plenty of opposition and has been repeatedly rebuked by members of the Democratic and Republican party. But nothing, not his lack of experience or compliance, not his ethics, not his wealth, not the many alleged sex scandals prevented him from succeeding in his presidential bid.
As controversial as Donald Trump has been during the presidential race and after, he has captured hearts of nearly half of American voters who felt disenfranchised and unheard. He managed to convince them that he – a billionaire – can empathize with their hardship. That it is possible to Make America Strong Again by turning back the clock: disregarding natural environment and international treaties, stopping progress, restoring discrimination and torture, abandoning women’s rights and human rights, etc. His supporters believe him.
Love him or hate him, there is no doubt that Donald Trump won the presidential election and the title of Time’s 2016 Person Of The Year, fair and square.
As stated by the Time, President Elect Trump has been chosen: “For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”
2017 lies ahead. Winning the presidential race as an outsider is one thing. Earning respect as a good President is another. Let’s hope that “demolishing yesterday’s political culture” won’t destroy the future of the Country we all love. God Bless America!
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, Eve Elrich