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The media, Kristen Stewarts love life, and Times magazine’s person of the year: These are just a few of the things that get Donald Trump fired up.
Trump has once again put himself into the middle of one a particularly inane controversy after he claimed that Time called and tried to get him to do an interview in exchange for being named “Person of the Year,” which the magazine bestows on a different person/concept/metaphor each year.
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
Time has not disputed that it did call him, but claimed that it did not say it had agreed to name him to the honor.
A quick perusal of Trump’s Twitter feed shows that this is far from the first time he’s had feels about the award, as noted by Hoover Institute fellow Adam White.
Here’s a brief history of Trump’s tirades:
Dec. 2016: Happy
Thank you to Time Magazine and Financial Times for naming me “Person of the Year” – a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
Dec. 2015: Sad, but with support from accused sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly
Dec. 2014: Sad
And not just sad. Trump manually retweeted a troll that said he should have gotten the Time award. He did not do this once, but rather manually retweeted the same tweet three times in the span of six days.
May – Dec. 2013: Sad
A Trump supporter (there appeared to have been such a thing back in May 2013) tweets in May that Times is going to name him person of the year to “silence” him. That’s enough to get a Trump manual RT.
Then, in December 2013, the same Twitter user brings up that convo, triggering Trump yet again.
Oct. 2012: Really sad
Trump doesn’t even crack Time’s Top 100, effectively removing “all credibility” from the magazine.
Dec. 2011: Irritated
Credit where credit is due: Trump calls out Time for giving its award to “The Protestor” but having a double standard as to the kind of protestor they are honoring.
This is a legitimately impressive run. Not many people can claim to have kept a six-year feud going strong, but Trump is nothing if not a model of consistently focused rage.
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