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Opinion: Trump robbed of ‘Person of the Year’ award

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President Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, displays a signed executive action order.

President Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, displays a signed executive action order.

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President Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, displays a signed executive action order.

Yianni Sarris, Guest Writer

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On Dec. 6, 2017 TIME Magazine gave its person of the year award to the #metoo movement. Instead, it should have been given to our Commander-in-chief.

First, I should be clear when I say I mean no disrespect to the #metoo movement. The women (and men) who have come out have demonstrated incredible courage, and this movement will certainly help to combat sexual predators in the future.

But.

To say any one person has defined the past year more than Donald Trump however is a travesty. For the past year Trump has absolutely dominated the media, dominated our news, and dominated our attention spans. If one checks Twitter at any given moment, I can guarantee Trump will be trending. I can’t remember a time in at least a year where he hasn’t. He is by far Twitter’s most popular user.

English teacher Nick Somich, who teaches a digital news course, notes that no other President has dominated the headlines the way Trump has. He said, “In my 34 years on this planet I have never seen another President own the national headlines the way Trump has.”

Trump has also revolutionized global politics. Across the world, Trump-esque candidates have been popping up in civilized countries. France’s Marine le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders are two of the most famous examples of “drain the swamp” type candidates- political outsiders seeking to spark a political revolution and bring down the political elite The Atlantic reports.

“People like [Trump]… because there is no one else who has ever been so unafraid to speak his mind,” said Somich.

Trump’s brand of unafraid-political outsider resonates not only at home, but globally as well.

Trump’s international actions have also been unlike any other President in history. As Somich said, “His international meetings have gathered quite a lot of attention because he would tweet live updates of how the meetings are going, something that has never really been done before.”

Trump, whether one likes it or not, has revolutionized politics themselves both domestically and internationally. One man has inspired a whole new brand of politician.

He is also directly responsible for exposing rampant bias in the media. Before the 2016 election, “fake news” was hardly on the layman’s radar. But now, it would be unusual to be unfamiliar with the terms and its implications.

Many people would argue that Trump has had a highly negative affect. The Southern Poverty Law Center announced an increase in racially-based hate crimes and a near tripling of anti-Muslim organizations following Trump’s victory. Additionally, recent protests such as in Charlottesville only a few months ago indicate a rise in white-supremacy rhetoric, and some people believe this to be as a result of Trump. This is only more evidence of the effect Trump has had over the past year however.

What PsychologyToday.com calls “The Trump Effect” is an increase in racial and religious bullying.

Remember, one doesn’t need to be a humanitarian to win Person of the Year. After all Adolf Hitler has won this award as has Martin Luther King Jr. One simply needs to have an effect on the country and world and by all means nobody has more so than Trump.

Additionally, the #metoo movement only granted traction in late October, following the fallout of Harvey Weinstein. Trump on the other hand has been drawing boundless attention the entire year.

He has revolutionized global politics. He has mobilized an army of activists who are now more vocal than ever. Thousands of people took took to the streets following his inauguration. For better or worse Trump has mobilized a nation.

One would be hard pressed to see any single man with more influence on the world right now than Trump. To be honest, any US President would be worthy of the award, being the leader of the free world. Trump is not only this but also the central antagonist of a large portion of the world.

Once again, I mean no disrespect to the people involved with the #metoo movement. And I am not declaring my love or support for Donald Trump. I am just saying that to claim any single person is affecting our lives, enveloping our country’s attention, and changing the world and politics themselves more than Trump would be a travesty.

It seems that as a country, the mass hatred of Trump has resulted in not wanting to give him any kind of award. However by denying this award to him on that basis alone, we are only abetting ignorance. And if we continue to deny the how he has truly affected the word whether we like it or not, one day our ignorance will catch up to us.

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