Time's Person of the Year could be President Trump again

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 02:02:45 AM. The shortlist has been announced for Time's Person of the Year 2017.

Share U.S. Donald Trump #MeToo Colin Kaepernick Wonder Woman Take a Knee Dreamers Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump moved one step closer to his boast that he would be named Time magazine's Person of the Year two years in a row, appearing on the shortlist released Monday morning on the Today show.

Trump won the honor last year after beating Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The award does not mean Time magazine loves the president; the recipient of the Person of the Year status is simply a person, group or organization that had an outsized influence on the world “for good or ill.” That explains how a rogue German leader named Adolf Hitler won the honor in 1938.

Here are the finalists:

Colin Kaepernick created the Take a Knee movement to call attention to the racial inequality and police brutality last year, but it has spread to sports arenas around the country and continued to be a part of the national conversation on race, patriotism and the National Anthem. Kaepernick was also honored with the ACLU award on Sunday, saying in his acceptance speech: “We must confront systemic oppression as a doctor would a disease.”

12_4_Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick stands on the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams in December 2016. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Bezos became the richest person in the world this year. The Amazon founder's net worth topped $100 billion after Black Friday, though it has since dipped below that value. Bezos also owns the Washington Post, as well as a rocket company called Blue Origin. Bezos was Time’s Person of the Year 18 years ago in 1999.

President Donald Trump was awarded Time's Person of the Year in 2016. "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," Time wrote at the time. Trump tweeted last month about the possibility of being given this title for the second year in a row. Time responded to say that he was "incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year." Still, he has shown up on this year’s shortlist.

Kim Jong Un has also made it on the shortlist in light of the mounting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. The North Korean leader responded to Trump’s threats this September to “totally destroy” North Korea with hard threats of his own and continued testing of missiles throughout the year. Trump has called Kim a "sick puppy" and has derided him as "Little Rocket Man."

Patty Jenkins broke boundaries with her film “Wonder Woman,” which became the highest-grossing superhero origin film with $800 million worldwide, Forbes reported in November. She also had a more successful domestic opening than any other female director. Many hailed the movie, starring Gal Gadot, for its genre-breaking message of female empowerment. “Just the visual of seeing an army of ripped, powerful women charging down to protect each other and their world was enough to bring me to tears,” HuffPost’s Emma Gray wrote this June.

Xi Jinping of China is not merely China's president, but was granted equal status with the founder of Communist Party, Mao Zedong, this October, meaning that his ideas are now official government ideology. “Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump. The world should be wary,” The Economist wrote.

The #MeToo Movement became widespread after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment by more than 30 women and thousands of women took to social media with the hashtag to show the frequency of sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. 

12_4_Me_Too A protester participates in the #MeToo Survivors' March in Los Angeles, organized by Tarana Burke as a response to the recent sexual harassment and assault accusations in the media. David McNew/Getty Images

Mohammed bin Salman became the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia this June and has intiated major changes, including a boycott of Qatar, a modernization campaign that includes dropping a ban on women drivers, arrests of corrupt royal officials, and a stepped up proxy war against Iran in Yemen.

Robert Mueller is the special counsel spearheading the investigation of the Russian government’s possible meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The probe has revealed several members of Trump’s administration who have admitted to corresponding with Russian officials. Democrats now believe that Mueller is creating a case against Trump on the basis of obstruction of justice, Politico reported Sunday.  

Dreamers is the collective term for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Under Obama, this group received protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but the Trump’s administration announced in September that it wanted to end program and asked Congress to deal with the issue. The so-called DREAM Act would protect such immigrants, but it has stalled.

Time's Person of the Year 2017 will be revealed on Today on Wednesday.

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