You Ain’t Gotta Lie To Kick It
On Friday at about 5:40 p.m. Donald Trump tweeted:
TIME Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (PERSON) of the Year, “ like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photoshoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
A few hours later TIME magazine responded with a tweet that gently refuted Trumps claim by stating that he was “incorrect.”
The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.
— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017
If you ask me, this tweet is just a diplomatic way of saying, “The lie detector test determined…this was a lie!”
Let The Trolling Begin
This twitter user is referencing the fact that Trump lost the popular vote and won the presidency on a technicality. #TheShade
congrats to Donald Trump on winning Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' electoral vote
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) November 25, 2017
The funniest thing about this one is the “Toupée Fiasco” part.
Toupée Fiasco: "Time said I was probably going to be Person of the Year but I said no thanks."
— lauren warren (@iamlaurenp) November 25, 2017
This one alludes to Trump’s narcissism and his insecurities. You’d think being President of the United Staes would be enough (even if you only won the electoral college).
Ironically, the President of the United States is supposed to have so much more power and prestige than a magazine cover. Person of the Year is nothing compared to Leader of the Free World. But he's really just None of the Above.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 25, 2017
Here we have Sara Silverman pointing out that in his tweet, Trump put the word “Person” in parentheses which communicates that he is in his feelings about the fact that it’s no longer called “Man of the Year.”
We have a president who thinks @TIME “Person of the Year” is a prize one wins (other “winners”: Hitler, Stalin, Nixon) He also hates that its “Person” & not “Man” I guess bc if it includes everyone it’s not as good, thus #MAGA
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 25, 2017
So yeah, he tried it. Trump’s tweet is an attempt to create a narrative in which he is the heart-breaker, instead of the the heartbroken. He is essentially setting it up so that when the Person of the Year is announced, and it’s NOT him, he can say, “They really wanted me, but I told you I turned them down.” Trump ain’t fooling nobody (except the folks who think he’s bringing coal back). As my aunties told my little cousins on Thanksgiving when they were ripping and running through the house, and doing the most for attention, “Go sit down somewhere.”
Written by Nicci Page of @realglowandflow