It’s just amazing how Trump always seems to need ridiculous ego boosts, especially when he’s getting dragged through the mud. Today, he used a horrific terror attack in Egypt to push his border wall and his Muslim ban – neither of which would have stopped that attack nor would have stopped any attacks that might happen here. So he’s turning his focus onto Time Magazine, who is getting close to naming their “Person of the Year.”
Time’s readers’ choice poll so far has the crown prince of Saudi Arabia far ahead of anybody else. Trump is tied for 2nd with the Dreamers, whom he’s trying to deport; and he’s also tied with the #MeToo campaign, which shined an uncomfortable spotlight on the sheer number of women out there who have experienced sexual harassment and assault. Trump is a known harasser and assaulter. The readers’ poll does not close until Sept. 3.
Time’s editorial board has the final say, here, but the readers’ poll does factor into their decision and he probably knows he’s not the frontrunner in any way, shape or form. So he’s doing the, “Stupid Time, I didn’t want to be their ‘Person of the Year’ anyway” thing to salve his battered ego:
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
Of course, Twitter is having an absolute ball with this:
As you read this tweet, keep in mind how much Trump truly values TIME magazine. Fake TIME covers were framed and on the wall of his golf courses, as @Fahrenthold uncovered. https://t.co/7hvV7OsjgD https://t.co/9Vh9VA7bVv
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) November 24, 2017
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 24, 2017
Time Magazine’s criterion is the person who ‘for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year.’ By that criterion Donald #Trump probably qualifies, joining the likes of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, the Ayatollah Khomeini – and Vladimir Putin! pic.twitter.com/icS3D4nOOo
— John Lundin (@johnlundin) November 24, 2017
He gets worked up over Time Magazine’s Man of the Year Award almost every year. Like clockwork. pic.twitter.com/27TnDTguAD
— Adam White (@adamjwhitedc) November 24, 2017
What a coincidence! I got a call from Time magazine saying the same thing, but I told them only if they weren’t considering Trump because he’s a narcissistic racist misogynistic xenophobe. So I took a pass. https://t.co/y3wy5jyPBS
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) November 24, 2017
Time Magazine called to say I was PROBABLY “narcissist with sociopathic tendencies of the year” and I told them “try the millennia losers”! Then they called Trump.
— Henry Tudor (@KngHnryVIII) November 24, 2017
Trump doesn’t need a real Time Magazine cover.
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) November 24, 2017
Trump is a media whore who would never turn down “Time Magazine” for aything. Just another lie to add to the long list of his lies.#TheResistance #MAGA #Trump #FoxNews #Resist #ImpeachTrump pic.twitter.com/9Oc76eVJhk
— Fredon Moniteau (@FMoniteau) November 24, 2017
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) November 24, 2017
Trump has issued a correction, apparently it was Slime magazine not Time magazine.
— paul starkey (@lunar_werewolf) November 24, 2017
Did you get the call on your Barbie phone?
— Cyndee (@CyndeeCuddy) November 24, 2017
I took the Time Magazine poll this morning. Putin and Merkel’s names were there. I don’t recall Trump’s name. Even that meth head booze drinker bannon was a choice. I just don’t recall Trump being an option. https://t.co/Gn8E5G11sa
— MakeAmericaSaneAgain (@LiberalJaxx) November 24, 2017
Excited to find out that Time Magazine never said this and it was Trump’s staff relaying a fluffed up version of the message. https://t.co/oV7ZQ5skys
— Lady Bird Man™ (@TimDuffy) November 24, 2017
Um Sir, I voted in Time Magazine Person of Year just & poll results state you are coming in tied for 2nd with Dreamers & #Metoo & only 5% of vote.
1. Mohammed Bin Salman 21%
2. The Dreamers 5%
3. #Metoo 5%
4. Donald Trump 5%
So I’m really confused by this tweet. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZNe3HrdLbV
— LesleyBartonSurvivor (@StopTheStatute) November 24, 2017
— Sarah c: (@sarahbabee5) November 24, 2017
The only way you would be named Man of the Year is if Time was sold to one of your cronies. Man of the Year what a joke. Please
— Michelle Davis (@memere1951) November 24, 2017
— Gilbert Rono (@GRono) November 24, 2017
Truth: Time Magazine said that while Trump was a finalist, they decided to choose someone else. Also, POY is not best person; Hitler was once Time’s man of the year. https://t.co/YE6WkSaS2b
— Joel Mendelson (@JPMendelson) November 24, 2017
Oh buuuuuuuuuuuuuuullshit!!! The Vatican also called…..they want to name you Pope
— Michael DiVenere (@mikeyd2933) November 24, 2017
I am sure this is Fake News.
— Eat Pray Thug (@TheRogerSantoya) November 24, 2017
I am having a hard time figuring out if this is satire
— Jenerally speaking (@Jen_not_Jenn_) November 24, 2017
WOW…I just got the same call, but I knew it was a crank call
— John Stewart (@jhSTEW) November 24, 2017
Yes, we know, Mr. Micropenis.
— TattooedPreppy (@NYC2CAMonaco) November 24, 2017
My G-d, you are so pathetically needy of approval. Was it your KKK daddy or rejection from bizarre momma that caused this? Ahh, both…
— mobilematt (@mobilematt) November 24, 2017
— LilyNCali (@LilyNCali) November 24, 2017
I just saw the cover they’re considering.
Weee Weee pic.twitter.com/uF62VJ6zNN
— Darby (@jamesalandarby) November 24, 2017
Is this the part where he tells us that he totally has a girlfriend, but she lives in Canada and that’s why he’s not going to prom? https://t.co/AH6tX9qg5g
— The Deep State (@deepstaterogue) November 24, 2017
Oh, also, Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin are in the running. Hitler was Time’s Man of the Year in 1938 – you’re also aware that they pick who they and their readers feel is a major influencer, but not necessarily a great person, right?
— AltUSCustoms (@alt_uscbp) November 24, 2017
You know that even Hitler could have been “Man of the Year”? It does not mean you are a great person, just that you have made an impact. In your case, a nightmarish one.
— Sarah (@sarahesser) November 24, 2017
Not buying it. How stupid do you think we are? Wait. Never mind…
— JMMack (@JMMack4U) November 24, 2017
I was offered Sexiest Man Alive but I had to turn it down because I’m walking the runway in Paris for fashion week.
— msdivinestalls (@msdivinestalls) November 24, 2017
Others in the official running include Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, showing once again that Time doesn’t necessarily pick someone because they’re an amazingly great person who’s done a ton of positive things.
He’s also actually behind people like Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who’ve taken a stand against racism and police brutality by not standing for the national anthem – something Trump has repeatedly screamed about on Twitter. It must be humiliating for him to be behind people he can’t stand in a contest like this.
Trump also trails France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, who has made his dislike of Trump very clear from the beginning.
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