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...
You remember this gem:
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 has now clarified:
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.
He did, after all, make second place:
The 45th commander in chief has changed the rules of the presidency
As you might imagine, Twitter had some thoughts...
I mean, some people were pissed...
But let's be clear, coming in second is not exactly an endorsement...
Tina sees a parallel to last year's election popular vote:
But no matter how you feel about the list, this is one for the books:
"Let history record that was carefully considered for the honor he so covets -- and lost to a phalanx of women of all colors, from all walks of life, who are working to shatter everything thing that he is." - @AnandWrites
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