Donald Trump has done the impossible in 2016.
He has upended the political class. He soundly defeated 16 other candidates for the Republican nomination, and then beat a formidable Clinton machine, all the while arguing for commonsense policies that nonetheless upset the left and the right. He has the Washington Establishment terrified, and is already delivering on his promises to negotiate better deals for America and “drain the swamp.”
And he has thrown the media into utter chaos. He continues to keep them on their toes at every step, embarrassing them for their unfair coverage.
Now one prestigious outlet is bestowing on Trump an honor no one can doubt he deserves:
Time’s Person of the Year for 2016. From Time Magazine:
This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.
It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption. This real estate baron and casino owner turned reality-TV star and provocateur—never a day spent in public office, never a debt owed to any interest besides his own—now surveys the smoking ruin of a vast political edifice that once housed parties, pundits, donors, pollsters, all those who did not see him coming or take him seriously. Out of this reckoning, Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse.
The revolution he stirred feels fully American, with its echoes of populists past, of Andrew Jackson and Huey Long and, at its most sinister, Joe McCarthy and Charles Coughlin. Trump’s assault on truth and logic, far from hurting him, made him stronger. His appeal—part hope, part snarl—dissolved party lines and dispatched the two reigning dynasties of U.S. politics.
Watch a full recap below. They recognize both the left and the right perspectives, but no one can doubt this title was tailor-made for him. Donald J. Trump has upset the American political apple cart more than any person in modern history, and he deserves every ounce of the recognition.
Source: Time Magazine