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
“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," Trump tweeted during Thanksgiving weekend.
"But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot," he continued. "I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"
Trump has already been named “Person of the year” in 2016 after his victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. It is quite unlikely he would have been picked twice in a row.
Soon enough, Time responded to dispel the president’s imaginary notion.
“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6,” the publication tweeted out.
The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017
Case in point: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was selected as Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2015, was neither interviewed not photographed for the issue. Instead, the publication posted a painted portrait of her on the cover.
Alan Murray, the chief content officer of Time Inc., also blasted Trump over his make-believe claim, saying the president’s tweet did not have a “speck of truth.”
Amazing. Not a speck of truth here—Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named TIME's person of the year https://t.co/D6SJgyTpcY— Alan Murray (@alansmurray) November 25, 2017
People, of course, were quick to mock what sounds like an excuse from a third-grader.
That sound you hear is 60 million Americans yelling "Sure, Jan."https://t.co/s9qLYyJgcB— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) November 24, 2017
i had a friend in 3rd grade who used to say he had special Star Wars figures that weren't sold in stores. every time i asked him to bring them to school he always said he forgot them at home. https://t.co/FZ2GktqWPj— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 24, 2017
"you know the only reason i'm not going to that party tonight is i have to hang out with my hot girlfriend. she, uh, goes to a different school." https://t.co/PLg9i75cK0— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 24, 2017
Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the 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!— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) November 24, 2017
I was going to be Mr. Universe, but my skinny legs and love handles made me turn it down. Sad. No thanks!— Btoff49 (@btoff49) November 24, 2017
Preach on, that also happened to me in 2006 but I had to wash my hair that day. pic.twitter.com/J7l21Qtg1d— Chuck N. Rilley (@ElPenguinito) November 24, 2017
Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year. They just wanted a photo shoot. But I’m sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage. https://t.co/HkW1XkKxXK— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 24, 2017
The commander-in-chief has an obsessive history with Time and other leading mainstream magazines. In fact, Trump has created fake covers of the magazine featuring him and hung them throughout his multiple golf courses around the world.
In 2016, when he was named “Person of the Year,” the self-indulgent president whined about not being named “Man of the Year.” In fact, he actually thought the publication changed the name just to be “politically correct.”
So Trump just said TIME changed its "Man of the Year" to "Person of the Year" because "they want to be politically correct"" pic.twitter.com/GkRSiXe8va— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) December 9, 2016
Seems like it still rankles Trump, given the fact he preferred to mention the title “Man of the Year” in his latest tweet.
Trump also objected to the award that year after the magazine published his image on the cover with an accompanying title, “PRESIDENT OF THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA.”
“They give me this honor and then they have to go a little bit of this stuff,” Trump said to his supporters in December last year. “I haven't been president. What are you saying that for? But you know what, we're going to bring the nation together.”
Trump’s obsession with the magazine is quite ironic, considering he threw a temper tantrum in 2015 about how Time would never choose him “Person of the Year.”
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Time Magazine has opened a public poll to select this year’s “Person of the year.”
As of writing this, Trump is tied for third place along with the sexual harassment hashtag “#MeToo” and the DREAMers with 5 percent of votes.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is currently at No.1 with 21 percent of the votes.
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