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(New York, December 7, 2016) --- Today, TIME, published by Time Inc., names Donald Trump the 2016 Person of the Year.


The cover line reads, "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America" and the cover image features a portrait photograph of the President-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower, taken by renowned photographer Nadav Kander. Behind the cover:

TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs writes, “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.... 2016 was the year of his rise; 2017 will be the year of his rule, and like all newly elected leaders, he has a chance to fulfill promises and defy expectations.... For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year." 

Gibbs on the choice:

Video, including behind-the-scenes footage from TIME's interview with Trump:

In an exclusive interview last week in his penthouse apartment in Trump Tower, Trump discussed his plans to keep jobs in the U.S., his solution for DREAMers, the WikiLeaks hacks and more. See a video of Trump’s interview here

Trump on the Intel community’s assessment that Russia was behind the DNC hacks: "I don’t believe they interfered…. It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.” On whether that assessment was politically motivated: "I think so.… They tried to build up my relationship with Russia.”

On his claims, without evidence, that there was illegal voting in the election: “I’ve seen many, many complaints. Tremendous numbers of complaints.”

On whether the GOP has focused too much on the deficit: "Well sometimes you have to prime the pump. So sometimes in order to get the jobs going, and the country going, because look, we’re at 1% growth.”

On Apple: "I said to Tim Cook, it’s my ambition to get Apple to build a great plant, your biggest and your best, even if it’s only a foot by a foot bigger than some place in China."

On his plans for the DREAMers currently in the U.S.: "We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud."

On the rise in biotech stocks after his victory: “I’m going to bring down drug prices. I don’t like what has happened with drug prices."

On representing working class Americans despite his wealth: "What amazes a lot of people is that I’m sitting in an apartment the likes of which nobody’s ever seen. And yet I represent the workers of the world. And they love me and I love them…. I think people aspire to do things. And they aspire to watch people. I don’t think they want to see the president carrying his luggage out of Air Force One. And that’s pretty much the way it is.”

On the rise of tribalism in the U.S.: [Referring to Newsday’s story about a surge of local crime by foreign-born assailants] "They’re killing and raping everybody out there. They're illegal. And they are finished."  On comparisons of his tough approach on crime to that of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: "Well, hey, look, this is bad stuff…. They slice them up, they carve their initials in the girl’s forehead, O.K. What are we supposed to do? Be nice about it?”

Read an edited and condensed transcript of TIME's interview with Trump:

TIME's Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer writes, “For all of Trump's public life, tastemakers and intellectuals have dismissed him as a vulgarian and carnival barker, a showman with big flash and little substance. But what those critics never understood was that their disdain gave him strength. For years, he fed off the disrespect and used it to grab more tabloid headlines, to connect to common people. Now he has upended the leadership of both major political parties and effectively shifted the political direction of the international order. He will soon command history’s most lethal military, along with economic levers that can change the lives of billions. And the people he has to thank are those he calls 'the forgotten,' millions of American voters who get paid by the hour in shoes that will never touch these carpets—working folk, regular Janes and Joes, the dots in the distance.”

TIME’s Simon Shuster on how people power is splitting Europe
Shuster reports: "By voting to leave the E.U., the British people showed that the integration of the West is neither inevitable nor irreversible, a message that Trump’s campaign drove home by calling for the U.S. to pull back from its commitments around the world and to focus on 'America first.' It is a world where the international agreements of the past are up for renegotiation and the interests of the nation-state are not bound by an established global order." 

On the populist revolt in the E.U., Nigel Farage tells TIME: “I’m in no doubt that the European project is finished. It’s just a question of when…. None of us conform to any of the rules by which politics is operating. And people like that!”

Farage on why Trump recently broke diplomatic protocol by taking a call from Taiwan’s leader: “If [Trump] believes in you, if he trusts you, then you’re the man he wants to deal with.”

French far-right National Right leader Marine Le Pen tells TIME of populist showdowns next year in France and the Netherlands: “I think the British, with the Brexit, then the Americans, with the election of Donald Trump, did that. They made possible the impossible.”


Behind the cover:

Jon Meacham on Andrew Jackson and our populist prologue:

Portraits of Trump and his key advisers by Nadav Kander:

History of POY during elections years:

See every TIME Person of the Year cover ever:
Video: Everything you need to know about TIME's Person of the Year:


TIME names the Person of the Year short list:


TIME’s Charlotte Alter writes: "Clinton represents both the tantalizing possibility that a woman can be President and the obstacles that a woman candidate must overcome: complex hopes and hurdles woven into the same pantsuit. Whether you admire her or despise her, she has come closer to winning the presidency than any other woman in American history—twice. While Clinton’s campaign did not become a triumphant milestone in the fight for women’s equality, it is a stepping stone further than any to come before it."

Alter adds, "Because of Clinton, the next generation of women candidates can reasonably expect to win a debate, or a state primary, or a major party’s nomination, or the popular vote. Her discipline and tenacity will be their footholds; her caution and secrecy will be hazards to avoid. She has primed the American public to accept a woman candidate talking about issues like child care and paid family leave without sacrificing authority. By getting more votes than any other candidate, she has proven that millions of Americans will vote for a woman."



TIME’s Matt Vella writes: "Hardly a week passed without news of some kind of digital breach, somewhere in the world, often establishing some kind of record—for sheer scope, for novel tactics or for setting an ominous new precedent. Hackers broke into the U.S. Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and likely the National Security Agency. They stole or tried to sell data from private companies…. They blocked millions of Americans from accessing the Internet one day this fall… They shut down the San Francisco municipal railway over Thanksgiving…."

He continues, "In 2016 hackers took aim at American democracy itself. The presidential campaign coasted on a steady stream of leaked documents and emails stolen in a series of sophisticated digital break-ins. Though there is no indication the machines 128 million American voters used to cast a ballot on Nov. 8 were compromised, the -question—could they be?—was repeatedly and credibly raised. Which may have been the whole point. In a nation where every vote is supposed to count, the lesson of the past 12 months was that a few lines of malevolent code can crack open more than a computer system."



TIME's Jared Malsin writes, “Just as authoritarianism surges back onto the world stage, [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan shows all the signs of a strongman in full…. This was the year he mended fences with Russia after downing one of its warplanes, and with Israel after six years of strife, even as the chance that Turkey will ever actually join the E.U. became ever more remote. But Erdogan’s foreign policy was branded ‘neo-Ottoman’ even before he justified sending troops to Iraq and Syria by questioning the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which set the borders of the state that followed the empire…. Instead of providing a model for democracy, Turkey’s leader represents a throwback: an elected autocrat, tolerated by the West for maintaining a certain stability within and without, overseeing a procedural democracy with a pliant press and a dominant political party that serves only his wishes…. He stands as an icon of both populism and repression."



TIME's Alice Park writes, "Developed just four short years ago by two groups—Jennifer Doudna, a molecular and cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Emmanuelle Charpentier, now at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin; and Feng Zhang, a biomedical engineer at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT—CRISPR allows scientists to easily and inexpensively find and alter virtually any piece of DNA in any species. In 2016 alone it was used to edit the genes of vegetables, sheep, mosquitoes and all kinds of cell samples in labs. Now, even as some scientists call for patience and extreme caution, there’s a worldwide race to push the limits of CRISPR’s capabilities."



TIME Contributor Melissa Harris-Perry writes, "With Lemonade—an album, Emmy-nominated film and, as America looked on, an experience—Beyoncé publicly embraced explicitly feminist blackness at a politically risky moment. She chose blackness even as many Americans rejected it, taking sides and never wavering….  But that alone doesn’t account for the reception to Lemonade: the headlines it generated, the memes it launched, the countless nerves it hit. Rather, it was the strategic, deliberate way Beyoncé deployed her artistry to elicit, reveal and invert dynamics of power, race and gender just when those very elements carried their greatest charge. And in so doing, she offered a recipe for transforming the bitter politics of 2016 into the sort of lemonade Southern black women have been making for generations."


The December 19, 2016 Person of the Year issue of TIME goes on sale on newsstands Friday, December 9.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016