While TIME editors actually choose the magazine’s “Person of the Year,” they currently have a poll asking readers who they would select for the nearly 90-year-old annual honor. They instruct, “cast your vote for the person you think most influenced the news this year for better or worse.”
Currently, with 12.8 percent of the vote at the time of this publication, Bernie Sanders is the front-runner, ahead of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai (4.9%), Pope Francis (3.7%), President Barack Obama (3.5%) and Stephen Colbert (3.4%).
TIME says about Sanders:
Sanders, who was little-known when he began his unlikely bid for president in April, has become a hero on the Democratic left among progressives disillusioned by growing income inequality and money in politics.
Trump Weighs In
Donald Trump is also included in the poll, but is trailing behind the progressive hero, with a mere 1.9 percent of the vote. Of course, being the narcissist that he is, he couldn’t possibly refrain from talking about it at his Birmingham Rally on Saturday.
He also couldn’t hold himself back from referring to it as “man of the year”).
“We have somebody from TIME magazine here. You know I was on the cover recently. Now they’re here again, so I assume they’re considering me for man of the year. I say there’s no way they give it to me. They can’t. Because, mentally, they can’t. They just can’t. They can’t do it. Even if I deserve it, they can’t do it.”
Meanwhile, Sanders, being inspired by the ideals of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said in a speech at Georgetown University:
Real freedom must include economic security. That was Roosevelt’s vision 70 years ago. It is my vision today. It is a vision that we have not yet achieved and it is time that we did.
TIME’s Person of the Year Poll will close on December 4. You can cast your vote, here.
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