Every year Time Magazine names the person who, in the view of their editors, “wielded the most influence in the previous 12 months.”
This year, to no great surprise, Donald Trump has been named Person of the Year.
Yes him. The man, the myth, the outrage machine who won the US presidency by complaining.
Donald Trump, President of the Divided States of America.
— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2016
To be fair to Time, the explanation for their choice is very balanced:
This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.
And it’s true, hate him or hate him, you’re sure to have spent a big part of your year
arguing talking about Donald Drumpf.
So, aside from winning the election and taking over your news feed, what influence has Trump really had on the world?
To start, he has fundamentally changed the game of US politics, and instilled fear of a conservative, populist shift in upcoming elections around the world . He has contributed to and made clear just how un-United America is right now.
Trump’s influence has even changed the bloody dictionary. Thanks in yuuuuge part to his campaign, ‘post-truth’ was Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year. In Trump’s brave new world, facts are far less important than what someone believes to be true (or who can yell the loudest).
Time Magazine summed up the sheer level of disruption that one orange man can cause like this:
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.
Believe it or not, there is an even greater tragedy in all of this. Beyoncé was on the Person of the Year Shortlist. We were truly robbed.
Clearly she’s not the queen this year deserves. To be honest, Trump can have 2016, we don’t want it anymore.