The magazine announced its pick onThe Today Show and also revealed the cover which reads, “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America.” Although Trump disagreed with the idea that he is the reason behind the country’s division right now, he’s said it’s a “tremendous” honor to have been chosen.
“It’s a great honor. It means a lot, especially me growing up reading Time magazine, it’s a very important magazine, and I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times,” he told Matt Lauer. “I consider this a very, very great honor.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton came in as the runner-up, while “the hackers” finished third.
— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2016
But in case anyone is upset over the magazine’s pick, keep in mind that they have awarded every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter the “Person of the Year” cover, including Barack Obama (2008 and 2012) and George W. Bush (2000 and 2004).
Time‘s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, also said that the decision this year was easy since the title goes to a newsmaker who has influenced events for better or for worse.