The award is decided by Time’s editors and goes to the person or group who have had a major influence on the news for better or worse.
Time magazine has named Donald Trump its Person of the Year — calling him “President of the Divided States of America.”
“I don’t think that we have ever seen one person, operating in such an unconventional way, have an impact on the events of the year,” said Time editor Nancy Gibbs.
She called this year’s choice “one of the more straightforward years.” Trump beat runner-up Hillary Clinton for the distinction, which Gibbs said is given to the newsmaker who has the biggest influence on world events, for better or worse.
Placing third was “the hackers,” to cover people who breached the records of major government organizations, politicians, celebrities and everyday citizens.
The short list also included President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, scientists who developed new DNA-related technology and Beyonce.
Donald Trump is TIME’s Person of the Year 2016 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/5pTGOksevE pic.twitter.com/N8BtqTu9Nl
— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2016
The announcement was revealed on NBC’s “Today” show. Speaking on the show via phone, Trump called the title a “very, very great honor.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the choice of readers but ultimately Time editors selected an American as their Person of the year!