Speculation runs rampant every year over who will be named TIME magazine's Person of the Year. Every year since becoming President, Donald Trump tries to make the case for why it should be him.
But this year's recipients are a group the President referred to as the "enemy of the people" more than once throughout the year. Specifically, TIME magazine honored journalists jailed, attacked or killed in the name of their profession.
The announcement was made by TIME on Twitter Tuesday.
The Guardians—Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo—are TIME's Person of the Y… https://t.co/rrb09mjQNM— TIME (@TIME)1544535937.0
Here's the story behind TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year covers #TIMEPOY https://t.co/iMvBF5ri8T— TIME (@TIME)1544534106.0
The Guardians—Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo—are TIME's Person of the Y… https://t.co/lIW2mbC08t— TIME (@TIME)1544532932.0
https://t.co/iYtZ1PCiup— TIME (@TIME)1544532952.0
https://t.co/JPMfzZVLH6— TIME (@TIME)1544532966.0
https://t.co/pjLu0M3P5T— TIME (@TIME)1544532991.0
Given the President's adversarial relationship with the press and his obsession with making the cover—even creating a fake version to hang in his offices and golf clubs...
😂😂😂 @realDonaldTrump has FAKE @TIME magazine covr hangin in his golf clubs.What an idiot or narcissist.I cant decide https://t.co/aadsTf2KHj— DE3 (@DE3)1498607267.0
A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake. https://t.co/8rWtvOrYF7— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1544536575.0
...people speculated that TIME's selection was made with the President in mind.
The TIME issue is titled "The Guardians and the War on Truth." The cover features photos of the journalists profiled in the issue.
In my eight years at @Time and for the decades prior, we never honored the dead in the POY issue. Trump and the Sau… https://t.co/a7MTvUBgKT— Ishaan Tharoor (@Ishaan Tharoor)1544536552.0
Of course, Trump didn't bother to acknowledge the targeted journalists who were named @TIME Person of the Year. Ins… https://t.co/L9Fy1M4dDm— Swing Left (@Swing Left)1544534468.0
Congratulations, @mariaressa, for being named as one of @TIME's Person of The Year, alongside Jamal Khashoggi & oth… https://t.co/BU0L11mh3S— Francis Baraan IV (@Francis Baraan IV)1544537080.0
The President's name was mentioned by many in conjunction with the choice.
Trump kept some familiar company in those tweets.
Trump and Putin were finalists for Time person of year, but magazine instead chose journalists as collective winner… https://t.co/naCNir4Lge— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1544536830.0
You know that Trump is rage-tweeting this morning because he wasn't named @TIME's Person of the Year. You know he's… https://t.co/O6CKRIVuB9— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit)1544534595.0
Journalists are NOT the "Enemy of the People." They are the Guardians of the TRUTH. Thanks to Time Magazine for rec… https://t.co/tG0CCPkxLN— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1544533982.0
In November, Trump said he couldn't imagine anyone but himself being named Time Person of the Year.… https://t.co/5qQWUI7U2h— Jennifer Hassan (@Jennifer Hassan)1544534158.0
However, according to TIME, Trump did make the list.
So did Robert Mueller.
TIME Editor-in-Chief @efelsenthal talks the second and third picks for @TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year: #2: Presid… https://t.co/f0tG75S8NQ— TODAY (@TODAY)1544532267.0
People applauded the choice.
So proud of our very own @mariaressa!🙏❤️ Another well-deserved recognition. After TIME has named Trump & Putin for… https://t.co/IkYonQiRhI— Francis Baraan IV (@Francis Baraan IV)1544537439.0
@TIME When Trump and this administration is gone, Khashoggi will forever be a part of Trump's downfall. Khashoggi s… https://t.co/oJqSWVP9lU— Mr Al (@Mr Al)1544533643.0
@TIME Well done TIME! Please send a framed copy to tRUmp. Bravo indeed! #TIMEPOY— Left Of Main Street (@Left Of Main Street)1544534040.0
The Person of the Year issue hits newsstands this week. The issue theme dates back to 1927.