Early polling for Time’s Person of the Year poll shows that it’s unlikely President Donald Trump will retain his standing two years in a row.
Singer Taylor Swift, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and the #MeToo movement; which is somehow being considered a person by the iconic magazine, have more of a chance of winning the annual accolade than Trump does.
According to a report in Newsweek, the reader’s choice poll, which closes on December 3, currently has Trump with 29 percent of the vote, while #MeToo leads with 38 percent. Taylor Swift is second in line with 33 percent, then San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has 31 percent, Robert Mueller has 18 percent, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel brings up the rear with 11 percent.
The Person of the Year will be revealed on Dec. 6.
Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2016 after winning the presidency and shocking Democrats.
Newsweek claimed that Cruz’s popularity in the poll “is also a telltale sign that Trump’s popularity is waning – with the San Juan mayor gaining notoriety after a public spat with the president following the hurricane in Puerto Rico.”
Knowing the president’s place as Person of the Year would cause his critics to balk, the magazine referred to Trump on its cover as the “president of the Divided State of America.”
Calling it a “tremendous honor”, Trump said at the time that being named Person of the Year “meant a lot”, but he pushed back at the notion that he’s the one who divided the country.
“When you say divided states of America, I didn’t divide them. They’re divided now. I mean, there’s a lot of division,” Politico reported Trump saying. “And we’re going to put it back together, and we’re going to have a country that’s very well healed, and we’re going to be a great economic force, and we’re going to build up our military and safety, and we’re going to do a lot of great things. And it’s going to be something very special.”
Announcing Trump’s 2016 win on NBC, the magazine’s editor Nancy Gibbs described the president as unconventional. “When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, broken the rules, violated norms, beaten not one but two political parties on the way to winning an election that he entered with 100-1 odds against him?” she said.
In the past, Trump had predicted he would never win the honor.
Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs wrote that everyone had an opinion on Trump, whether they loved him or hated him.
“For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,” according to Gibbs. “For those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism.”
Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made the list at least once, according to The Hill.