This morning, Time Magazine announced their finalists for their Person of the Year on the Today Show. The finalists included last year’s recipient, President Donald Trump, but it also included a number of his political enemies and critics.
Some of the individuals have made a notable impact on the world’s business and social stages. That includes Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, and even Patty Jenkins, who defined women’s empowerment with her hit film Wonder Woman.
However, it seems the list of finalists was stacked with just about every notable that has opposed the President or posed a challenge to his agenda.
That includes former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose National Anthem protests exploded this year, even though he was not directly involved. President Trump took direct aim at NFL players who followed Kaepernick’s lead and knelt during the anthem this season, causing the controversy to explode. The rift between the protesting players and the fans has caused the popularity of the sport to plummet this year.
That list is compiled by the editors of Time based on who they believe has influenced the world around them ‘for good or ill’ the most over the past 12 months.
One of the names noticeably missing from the list was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who had been among the finalists last year but ultimately lost out to President Trump.
The Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday.
Here are this year’s nominees.
- President Donald Trump
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO
- The Dreamers
- Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman Director
- Kim Jong Un, Dictator
- Colin Kaepernick, Former NFL Quarterback
- The #MeToo Movement
- Robert Mueller, Congressional Special Prosecutor
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia royalty
- Xi Jinping, President of China