Time Magazine has officially named President-elect Donald Trump its 2016 Person of the Year.
Citing his “[remaking] the game” in American politics, they released an article describing his campaign, his rhetoric, his style, and his ultimate success in the 2016 election. The magazine gave him the title of “president of the divided states of America,” one with which Trump was not happy, though he would call the magazine’s selection of him a “tremendous honor.”
Appealing to his populist tendencies, the President-elect has promised to bring the country together, to protect jobs in the country (a promise that helped him flip historically Democratic areas in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania), to “take some of the drama out” of the country, and has called on people across the country to “come home” and work with him. How his administration will play out has yet to be seen, though he has claimed his unpredictability to be a strength.
Regarding his promise to “Make America Great Again;” his contrasting himself from Hillary Clinton and stating that rather than calling on his supporters to be with him, pledging “I am with you;” his promise to be the voice of the American people; and his promise to fight for the American people as well as the effect he’s had on the alt-right in the country, Time Magazine reported:
“It’s a country where many who felt powerless have a new champion, where much frustration has given way to excitement and where politics has become the greatest show on earth…It’s an America of renewed hope and paralyzing fear, a country few expected less than a year ago. Because of Donald John Trump, whatever happens next, it will never be like it was before.”