TIME’S UNTIMELY TRUMP TRANSLATION
Talk about mixed messages: Consider Time magazine’s lessthan-cordial rationale for granting President-elect Donald Trump their annual “Person of the Year” designation.
“It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption. This real estate baron and casino owner turned reality-TV star and provocateur — never a day spent in public office, never a debt owed to any interest besides his own — now surveys the smoking ruin of a vast political edifice that once housed parties, pundits, donors, pollsters, all those who did not see him coming or take him seriously. Out of this reckoning, Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse,” wrote Time’s editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs, in an explanation of the publication judgment of Mr. Trump.
“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,” Ms. Gibbs concluded.
Mr. Trump’s simple, classy and very presidential response, to NBC: “It’s a great honor. It means a lot.”