Because 2017 has decided not to end on a completely awful note, President Donald Trump was not named this year's TIME Person Of The Year. Instead, strong and empowered women who took a stand against sexual abuse and assault graced the cover.
But until we saw the cover of the magazine earlier this week, people were concerned. After all, Trump did tweet that he'd been approached by TIME about "probably" being the person of the year for a second year in a row...
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
But, what did actually happen with TIME and Trump? Was he in fact given a chance to be the cover star for 2017 or not? Does Trump's tweet reflect anything resembling reality?
TIME had sought and tentatively secured the President’s participation in an interview and photo shoot for this article. On Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, he abruptly pulled out. “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ‘Man (Person) of the Year,’ like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” the President tweeted. “I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” Trump’s tweet was not accurate: TIME made no assurances and placed no conditions on the outcome of our editorial decisionmaking.
Shockingly enough, Trump has not taken to Twitter to comment on this revelation. Yet.
Of course, it wasn't a complete goose egg for Trump when it came to the year end issue.
The 45th commander in chief has changed the rules of the presidency
You had a chance to not do this. You just couldn't take it.— STFU, Parents (@STFUParents) December 7, 2017
This is a complete travesty. Will never subscribe, let alone read anything you produce ever again. Supporting this monster's ego just to sell more ads. Shame.— Guy Borgford (@gborgford) December 6, 2017
In 1938 Hitler was person of the year. It’s possibly partially based on the attention you are getting, positive or negative. Who knows.— Mark Winkler (@Mark_J_Winkler) December 6, 2017
Not “possibly,” but that literally is much of the rationale behind the choice. It’s not “greatest” person of the year. It’s the person(s) who had biggest impact. Positive or negative. See POTY 2016. Wasn’t all good.— Jennifer Sage🚴🏻♀️ (@vivavelo) December 6, 2017