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TIME Releases List of 10 ‘Person of the Year’ Finalists

Five of the 10 have something to do with the first person on the list.

By NTK Staff | 12.10.2018 @9:15am
TIME Releases List of 10 ‘Person of the Year’ Finalists

TIME Magazine released its list of 10 “Person of the Year” finalists on Monday. The list spans the globe, and includes some surprising names, but five of the ten are on the list, arguably, because of the man at the top of the list.

To no one’s surprise, President Donald Trump makes the 10-person shortlist. TIME’s description of the president’s 2018:

The 45th president of the U.S., and TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year, marked his second year in office through navigating crises involving both himself and his staff, attacking an encircling investigation implicating people close to him, and enacting several controversial policies, ranging from separations at the border to an international trade war with China.

But the next four names, and one other finalist, are inextricably tied to Trump. They are:

  • The families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, due to the Trump administration’s temporary ‘no tolerance’ approach to illegal immigration
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose interference in the 2016 presidential election was meant to benefit Trump
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating that Russian interference in the election (and whose investigation has ensnared several of the president’s aides and advisers)
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose navigation of the U.S.-North Korea conflict and peace talks has made him a household name to many Americans

The other five finalists are:

  • Black Panther director Ryan Coogler
  • Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct shortly before the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court
  • Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was allegedly murdered by people with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
  • The young “March for Our Lives” activists
  • Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry this year

Recent TIME “Person of the Year” winners:

  • 2017: The #MeToo “Silence Breakers”
  • 2016: Donald Trump
  • 2015: German Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • 2014: “The Ebola Fighters”
  • 2013: Pope Francis
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