President-elect follows in the footsteps of other controversial picks like Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin
The magazine has unveiled its Person of the Year (formerly named Man of the Year) pick annually since 1927. Last year’s winner was German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Explaining the decision, TIME editor Nancy Gibbs said Trump had been chosen “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”.
Previous controversial Person Of The Year choices include Adolf Hitler in 1938 and Josef Stalin in 1939 and 1942.
Trump was named ahead 0f Hillary Clinton (second place), hackers (third), Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (fourth), the CRISPR scientists (fifth) and Beyonce (sixth).
The 1975 frontman Matty Healy recently revealed to NME that he cried when he found out that Donald Trump had won the US Presidential election.
Healy described touring the US during Trump’s election campaign: “Every night on stage, whether we’d been in a Trump state or not, I’d been saying, ‘We’re English and we know what it’s like to fuck up your country very swiftly.’ And even after I said it, it still happened. Can you believe that?”
The band were in New York when Trump beat Hillary Clinton to be the next President and Healy admitted that he cried upon hearing the news. “I was tired and we felt a bit defeated,” he said. “I got very much caught up in the race, bigotry, Donald-Trump-says-stupid-things stuff, so when it happened I was like, ‘Fucking white people, what the fuck are we doing’, you know? But the fact of the matter is America voted for Trump – white, black, Latino, middle class, poor – so the thing now is to understand their genuine concerns.”
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Watch Green Day talk to NME in the aftermath of Trump’s election win: