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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.”

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