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2016 Time Person of the Year: Donald Trump

Dec 7, 2016

(NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 7, 2016)— Today, Time, published by Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME:), names Donald Trump the 2016 Person of the Year: http://time.com/poy

The cover line reads, "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America" and the cover image features a portrait photograph of the President-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower, taken by renowned photographer Nadav Kander. Behind the cover: http://ti.me/2hgqEpi

Time Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs writes, “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.... 2016 was the year of his rise; 2017 will be the year of his rule, and like all newly elected leaders, he has a chance to fulfill promises and defy expectations.... 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."

Gibbs on the choice: http://ti.me/2h5HNSf

Video, including behind-the-scenes footage from Time's interview with Trump: http://ti.me/2h5HNSf

In an exclusive interview last week in his penthouse apartment in Trump Tower, Trump discussed his plans to keep jobs in the U.S., his solution for DREAMers, the WikiLeaks hacks and more. See a video of Trump’s interview here: http://ti.me/2h5HNSf.

Read an edited and condensed transcript of Time's interview with Trump: http://ti.me/2h5roLl

Time's Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer writes, “For all of Trump's public life, tastemakers and intellectuals have dismissed him as a vulgarian and carnival barker, a showman with big flash and little substance. But what those critics never understood was that their disdain gave him strength. For years, he fed off the disrespect and used it to grab more tabloid headlines, to connect to common people. Now he has upended the leadership of both major political parties and effectively shifted the political direction of the international order. He will soon command history’s most lethal military, along with economic levers that can change the lives of billions. And the people he has to thank are those he calls 'the forgotten,' millions of American voters who get paid by the hour in shoes that will never touch these carpets—working folk, regular Janes and Joes, the dots in the distance.” http://ti.me/2gSInSI

Time’s Simon Shuster on how people power is splitting Europe: http://ti.me/2hhIl3R


- Behind the cover: http://ti.me/2hgqEpi 
- Jon Meacham on Andrew Jackson and our populist prologue: http://ti.me/2gjHyBU 
- Portraits of Trump and his key advisers by Nadav Kander: http://ti.me/2ga9FzY 
- History of POY during elections years: http://ti.me/2h2gghy 
- See every Time Person of the Year cover ever: http://ti.me/1wwiLhC 
- Video: Everything you need to know about Time's Person of the Year: http://ti.me/2gjEJAP 

Time names the Person of the Year short list:

2 – Hillary Clinton http://ti.me/2g9I1bo 
3 – The Hackers http://ti.me/2h5qU7G 
4 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan http://ti.me/2h5pgmv 
5 – The CRISPR Pioneers http://ti.me/2ga1bJk 
6 – Beyonce http://ti.me/2gBD9Io 

The December 19, 2016 Person of the Year issue of Time goes on sale on newsstands Friday, December 9.

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