Remember in 2016 when the world let out a collective groan because Time Magazine chose Donald Trump as their Person of the Year instead of someone we actually like? Considering how 2017 panned out, it would seem Time kinda jumped the gun there. It doesn’t seem like we can go even 12 hours without a BREAKING Donald Trump story. Can you be Time‘s Person of the Year two years in a row? Well, Donald Trump certainly thinks so but, unfortunately he just doesn’t have the time this year. He tweeted Friday evening to politely decline Time‘s alleged offer to honor him again. Sorry Time, find someone else who has time for your interview and major photo shoot. The president is busy.
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
Interestingly, it turns out Time made no such phone call to dear Donny. In fact, they tweeted later Friday night to let everyone know that’s not even how their selection process works. Savage.
Does that mean that the president lied? Wow. This is the first time this has ever happened. We are all shocked.
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
This wouldn’t be the first time Donald Trump has made a big deal about the Person of the Year honor. As a few Twitter users pointed out, Trump has a history of being completely obsessed with the distinction. He has tweets dating back to 2012 and CNN’s Chris Cillizza did a roundup of DT’s obsession with the magazine (turns out Trump has fake photoshopped Time covers with himself on them framed at several of his golf courses).
Apparently Trump gets all hot and bothered every year when it comes to Time’s Person of the Year. pic.twitter.com/wO06dtBeH2
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 26, 2017
So there is no way people were going to let this very public (and hilarious) faux pas go by unnoticed. Trump’s original tweet became somewhat of a meme with people imitating his style to talk about their own accomplishments and all the honors they’ve had to turn down. Who knew Time called so many people to be their Man (Person) of the Year?
.@nytimes just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne 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
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 25, 2017
Time Magazine called to say that I was DEFINITELY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year” but I would have to agree to leak major #Ep8 spoilers. I said “no problem”, but then they told me you turned it down and now I don’t want it anymore. Thanks anyway! https://t.co/0tPGr1cNEM
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 25, 2017
TIME wanted me to be their Person of the Year, but I said no! Won’t pose with Pennywise the Clown on my lap! Sorry, TIME! Sad!!!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 25, 2017
The #MuellerInvestigation just called and said you were PROBABLY going to be named Soap Monitor on your wing and would have to agree to an interview and a perp picture with your combover shaved off. I said that’s waaaay fucking good enough for me. #TimeToStartPacking
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) November 25, 2017
Electoral College called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “President (Man),” but I would have to agree to work for a living and a represent the citizens. I said electoral votes only is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway! –@realDonaldTrump
— Kevin Allen (@KevinAllensays) November 25, 2017
The same thing happened to a friend of mine, only it was her insurance company saying they would PROBABLY pay for her cancer treatment, but only if the Affordable Care Act isn’t gutted. I heard that President Trump and the GOP said probably is no good and said “no way”. Thanks?
— Paul Cosway (@pcosway) November 26, 2017
Sports Illustrated called and said I was probably going to be Sportsman of the Year, but it was going to take a long photo shoot and interview. I’m not proud of my recent perm and have a interpretive dance class at the interview time so I turned it down! No Thanks SI!!
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) November 25, 2017
People also pointed out that being the Person of the Year doesn’t necessarily mean that you are beloved by all. Both Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin have graced the cover of Time as Person of the Year. Not exactly the crowd you want to be grouped into if you’re the president of the United States (although Trump has shown admiration for both men).
— Christopher❄️ (@cwebbonline) November 26, 2017
That got the discussion going on who should actually be Time‘s Person of the Year. Popular suggestions are Hillary Clinton, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Mueller. You can also vote for who you personally think had the most influence over the news in 2017 at the Time Magazine website. Options there include Kim Jong Un, the DACA Dreamers, the #MeToo movement, our own Justin Trudeau and others.
The People Currently Ahead of Trump In Time’s Person of the Year Voting
Kim Jong Un
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 27, 2017
I could support said person for Person of the Year. pic.twitter.com/t8LzygzXoh
— Rogelio Garcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) November 27, 2017
— Diane Marshall (@duhgurlz) November 27, 2017
— Bruno Amato (@BrunoAmato_1) November 27, 2017
She was the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party. Despite a hostile country intervening to sink her, she won the popular vote. She is a passionate defender of our institutions. @TIME please troll Trump & name @HillaryClinton Person of the Year. pic.twitter.com/AJG1MB5Spz
— gaynycjew (@gaynycjew) November 27, 2017