Bernie Sanders has been announced as Time’s readers’ choice pick for Person of the Year, garnering a little more than 10 percent of votes in Time’s poll. Coming in second and third place, respectively, were Noble Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Pope Francis.
“Sanders has helped define the presidential race, calling for big-ticket progressive items from single-payer healthcare to tuition-free public universities,” writes Sam Frizell. “He has mobilized the Democratic Party’s liberal base and inspired massive campaign rallies across the country.”
This wasn’t enough for Sanders to make Time’s editor-picked shortlist, perhaps because he’s not winning still-meaningless national polls or playing politics to greater effect:
But he remains a distant second for the Democratic nomination in 2016, lagging more than 20% behind Clinton in national polls and overwhelmingly behind in support among Democratic members of Congress and party leaders.
There is one candidate who did make Time’s shortlist. In a completely no-surprise move, it’s Donald Trump. In the announcement, Time’s Sarah Begley described Trump as someone “whose populist rhetoric has made him frontrunner in the race for the Republican presidential candidacy and stirred debate about the party’s future.”
Populist rhetoric. Interesting descriptor choice, that. In its 95,000-word analysis of everything Trump said in public last week, the New York Times’ Patrick Healy and Maggie Haberman found a few other ways to describe his rhetoric. According to their analysis, it was a stunning display of “divisive phrases, harsh words and violent imagery,” used to “erode people’s trust in facts, numbers, nuance, government and the news media.”
Will Trump get another cover he can use to show his next interviewer how much the media wants him? We’ll find out Wednesday on the Today show.