To mitigate against the fact that he won’t be TIME’s Person of the Year, Trump took to Twitter to preemptively sell the idea that he chose not to accept the title.
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
Upon witnessing his petulant rant, TIME Magazine quickly set the record straight.
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
It is exceedingly difficult to believe that Trump – who went so far as to create fake TIME covers to honor himself – wouldn’t sit down for a photo shoot and interview if it meant he would be named as their Person of the Year. He even goes a step further in purposefully misrepresenting the name of the honor as “Man of the Year” – which hasn’t been the title in 18 years – in a display of almost unfathomable insecurity.
This is, of course, not the only time that the President has renounced something he never had in the first place. For example, he “withdrew” an invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after Steph Curry first announced his unwillingness to go.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
The President of the United States may indeed have trouble reconciling the fact that he is not nearly as wonderful as he views himself. TIME, however, owes nothing to this self-important manchild who has done more to divide this country, decimate its standing in the international community, and devastate the dignity of the office he holds than any other American in modern history.
Perhaps he should stick to making fake TIME covers if he wants to be recognized again.