The billionaire reality TV star-turned-politician is set to take office in January, after a shock electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton – though Mr Trump lost the public vote by more than 2.5 million votes. TIME Magazine nearly always gives the honour to newly-elected US Presidents. Gerald Ford is the most recent US President not to win.
TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs explained: “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.”