After Time Magazine revealed its Person of the Year cover of Donald Trump, several things happened in the US. People either loved it or hated it.
As was expected, some instantly drew comparisons between Trump and Adolf Hitler. It seems like the Hitler comparison to any political figure that one party doesn’t like is the norm now, but that’s another article for another time.
Anger over Trump Cover, but It’s Misguided
One of the things people are missing is the reason Trump is Person of the Year. Given the current political climate in the United States, it’s no surprise that this selection would anger people. Some are still in a state of shock over the election. The outrage over his win can still be felt all over social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
What people are doing to make things harder on themselves is assumption.
We All Know What Happens when You Assume
The title of Person of the Year may seem like a great honor, but you need to read between the lines. Admittedly, for some, it would be an honor. But for others, it can also be a calling out of sorts.
A major problem is when people see Person of the Year some immediately assume Greatest Person of the Year. No where in that title does it say greatest.
There is no set criteria for being named Person of the Year. It’s all up to Time Magazine. Based on previous selections, the PotY may have one particular quality that detractors are discounting: Influence.
At a time when so many are looking for a unorthodox leader not connected to the establishment, Trump was an obvious choice. His influence is being felt not only in the US, but across the world with leaders weighing in on his selection almost daily.
When a man can do something as simple as tweet a thought, making nations and markets rumble, that is the very definition of influence.
Love him or hate him, when he speaks, people listen. His words, while not your average fair when it comes to presidents, are changing the way people react to politics. For some, it’s making them bolder, and not always in a good way. For others, it’s making them so angry that they are doing and saying things to actually harm their political causes.
As mentioned earlier, when you have the power to cause people to act out in such as way, that is influence. Like it or not, the President-Elect has that.