Posted on Wed Dec 7th, 2016 8:45am PDT By X17 Staff
President-elect Donald Trump is the person of the year, according to Time magazine. The well-respected publication named the controversial figure on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday morning.
Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said said 2016 “may have been one of the more straightforward years” in terms of selecting a person of the year.
Gibbs went on to say, “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 100-1 odds against him.”
The magazine went with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who won the country’s popular vote, as its runner-up person of the year. Hackers, as a group, came in third after cyberattacks affected the election.
Despite his dissing of Time in the past, Trump told NBC that winning the 2016 person of the year award was "a tremendous honor."
To those who are outraged by the choice, Gibbs reminded people that, “The person of the year, as we always remind people, is the person who has had the greatest influence on events, for better or for worse.”
The editor added, “The fascinating thing this year is, I’ve never seen so much agreement over who had the most influence or the most disagreement over whether it was for better or for worse.”
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