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Trump: Person of the Year? Fake News!

The president lied about Time magazine offering him the cover spot. Too bad there's no Fabricators Monthly magazine.


Donald Trump is obsessed with Time magazine. There's no other word for it. He's so obsessed he had a fake cover featuring himself hung up in at least five of his golf clubs, until someone called him on their authenticity.

He has bragged that he's been on the cover of Time more than anyone else, which is neither true nor inherently a good thing. Richard Nixon graced its cover 55 times.

So it's not surprising, albeit a little pathetic, to hear Trump pretend that he turned down being Time's Person of the Year for a second time in a row:

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!

Yet he seemed to have no problem with those conditions last year.

And he publicly whined about not being picked in 2015. "I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite," he tweeted.

Instead, "They picked person who is ruining Germany."

(Stay classy, Don.)

Time magazine directly contradicted Trump's alternative facts:

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's chief content officer also tweeted "not a speck of truth here. Amazing."

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Instead, the editors chose a Person of the Year diametrically opposed to Trump, although it was actually a group of persons. These "silence breakers" are women who have spoken out against sexual harassment from powerful men. More than a dozen of them have named Trump as a harasser/assaulter.

It's also known as the #MeToo movement, and it likely never would have gained so much ground if it weren't for Trump's ego.

As Time's Person of the Year profile points out, Trump's bragging about his alleged sexual prowess (and predation) was what led the Women's March on Washington:

That Donald Trump could express himself that way [on the Access Hollywood tape] and still be elected President is part of what stoked the rage that fueled the Women's March the day after his Inauguration. It's why women seized on that crude word as the emblem of the protest that dwarfed Trump's Inauguration crowd size.

"All social movements have highly visible precipitating factors," says Aldon Morris, a sociology professor at Northwestern University. "In this case, you had Harvey Weinstein, and before that you had Trump."

Sadly, this year, Trump will have to settle for runner-up. But it's no big deal. I was Time Person of the Year in 2006, and they didn't call me back in 2007, either.

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