President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time’s Person of the Year for 2016. Personally, I’d have named Death, due to all of the celebrities we lost in 2016, but I didn’t have a vote. Or maybe I did have a vote but I abstained this year because I forgot that Time’s Person of the Year was still a thing. Anyway, let’s a take a look at some previous winners of Time’s Person of the Year and see how Donald Trump stacks up.
1927: Charles Lindbergh
The inaugural winner. First person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Also wanted to Make America Great Again.
1935: Haile Selassie I
1938: Adolf Hitler
1948: Harry Truman
Nobody thought he was going to be elected, either.
1967: The Inheritor
They meant Baby Boomers. Inherit they did, and boy did they fuck our shit up good. Aside from giving birth to me and kicking out some pretty cool music all they did was destroy the planet, leave us with massive student debt, and a rapidly disappearing social safety net. Good job, good effort, Boomers.
1969: The Middle Americans
1982: The Computer
Yeah I know, it’s not even a person. The idea was that it heralded the dawn of the “Information Age.” Too bad the information is mostly fake and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
1998: Bill Clinton and Ken Starr
Ken Starr led the investigation which eventually led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment. These days, Bill Clinton is the husband of Hillary, who lost both the 2016 Presidential Election and Time’s Person of the Year to Donald Trump; Ken Starr resigned in disgrace from his job as the President of Baylor University amid a sexual assault scandal involving the football team.
Meaning us. As in you, dear reader, and me. I know, I hate us, too, and think that Time should take this shit back because we don’t deserve it.
2007: Vladimir Putin
Trump’s BFF and fellow Person of the Year.
2008: Barack Obama
Thanks, Obama. You had a good run (and won again in 2012). It’s been real.
2013: Pope Francis
Who is your favorite Time Person of the Year? Let us know in the comments!
Last modified: December 7, 2016