US President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016 . The Magazine described him as the President of the “Divided States of America.”
The Republican president-elect, who will be sworn in on January 20, ran an unconventional and controversial campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Time noted that views of him were deeply divided.
“For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,” the magazine said.
“For those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism.”
The magazine said its short list for person of the year included Clinton, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, US gymnast Simone Biles and singer Beyonce Knowles.
Trump told NBC’s Today show shortly after the announcement it was a “great honour” which “meant a lot” to him.
Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine’s managing editor, said that Clinton came second in the selection, adding that the choice of Trump was “straightforward”.
Time said the president-elect had redrawn America’s political rules.
The magazine invites readers to vote on who they think has earned the title, but the final decision is made by editors.
In being named Time’s Person of the Year for 2016, Trump joins an illustrious list of the great as well as the not-always-so-good who have emerged persons of the year over the years.
It is perhaps not a surprise he was chosen – Time traditionally picks the president-elect, and it has been more than two decades since the last exception was made.
In 2013, the world’s first pontiff from the Americas was chosen as Person of the Year.
Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio had become Pope Francis in March of that year, and had already made his mark, rejecting the glittering trappings of the role to focus on the poorest in the society.