US President elect Donald Trump was on Wednesday chosen the TIME’s Person of the Year 2016 for his stunning victory in the US polls. “It’s a great honour. It means a lot. I have grown up reading Time magazine, it’s a very important magazine. It is a tremendous honor, I am lucky to be on the cover of Time in the past,” Trump told NBC’s news program Today minutes after Time announced the next US President was Person of the Year 2016. Time said after campaigning as an anti-establishment, populist candidate, 70-year-old Trump was elected the 45th President of the US — a stunning end to a presidential bid that repeatedly broke with political precedent.
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“It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption,” Time said in its announcement on Wednesday, noting Trump’s eclectic career as real estate magnate and reality television star before winning the highest office in the land. The first runner-up for Person of the Year is Trump’s rival in the presidential elections and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the second runner-up are online hackers.
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Every December, TIME names the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. Last year German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’. The Person of the Year is picked by Time editors from among world leaders, artists, corporate czars and organisations who most influenced the news, for better or for worse.
The other contenders were US gymnast Simone Biles, CRISPR Scientists who developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, the Flint Whistleblowers who along with civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards and local pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha blew the whistle on the lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, singer Beyonce, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the online reader’s poll for TIME Person of the Year 2016, beating out other world leaders like Donald Trump, incumbent US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
(With inputs from PTI)