Trump says he should be named TIME's 2018 Person of the Year: 'Can you imagine anybody else?'
When he was asked who he thinks should get the second place for the annual list, the Republican at this point presumed that he would be number one.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he cannot imagine anyone else being the TIME magazine's Person of the Year for 2018 other than himself. The president made the unsurprising statement while addressing the reporters at the White House lawn. When he was asked who he thinks should get the second place for the annual list, the Republican at this point presumed that he would be number one.
"It's called Person of the Year, right? It's no longer Man of the Year, right? I don't know," Trump said. "That's up to Time magazine. I've been there before. I can't imagine anybody else other than Trump. Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?" he said before departing for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
.@realDonaldTrump on @TIME person of the year: "I don’t know, that is up to TIME magazine. I’ve been there before. I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump, can you imagine anybody else other than Trump?" pic.twitter.com/Fq4ksjM0pB— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 20, 2018
TIME, on Tuesday, released the results of its reader poll for Person of the Year, where Trump reportedly finished in a tie for the 13th position with two percent of the vote cast for him. He reportedly shared the 13th slot with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and special counsel Robert Mueller. The top choice in the reader poll was the popular South Korean boy band BTS.
Trump was named the magazine's Person of the Year in 2016, after he won the US presidential elections. The magazine's editor at the time had said that Trump was their top choice because he was a polarizing figure who elicited opinions from people across the political spectrum. At that time, the Republican had told the reporters that the title "means a lot" to him and that it was a "very, very great honor."
Trump, the following year, had said that he was "probably" going to earn the distinction again and later claimed that he had turned down the honor for being listed in the 2017 list. TIME, however, refuted the president's claim. The magazine, in 2017, named the "Silence Breakers" of the #MeToo movement its Person of the Year. The magazine typically announces its editor's choice for the title in December.