After President Donald Trump trashed TIME magazine on Twitter earlier Friday evening, he swore he earned their “Person of the Year” for 2017 but turned it down.
Karen Tumulty, who previously wrote for TIME, revealed that when former President Barack Obama was named in 2008 it took a lot of “pestering” and effort to finally sit down for the interview during the transition. She also explained that “the managing editor is the committee of one who decides Person of the Year.”
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 24, 2017
Reporter Bill Shea joked that he was named TIME person of the year in 2006 but never got an interview or a photo shoot. That year, TIME announced the winner was “you” amid the social media revolution.
I was Time's Person of the Year in 2006. They didn't ask me for an interview or photo shoot. https://t.co/qQK2nzWTi5
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) November 24, 2017
TIME’s offices were closed for the holiday leaving journalists only their Twitter followers to hear their complaints for confirmation. The rest of the post-holiday social media crowd sought outright mockery.
There were those who mocked Trump by quoting back one of his own famous phrases, “Believe me.” And gifs of Oprah pointing to audience members announcing what she was awarding them with. “You get person of the year! YOU get person of the year!”
See some of the best below:
"You didn't break up with me, *I* broke up with *you*! You were holding me back anyways, why was I ever even interested?"
"Uh, I'm sorry–who are you?" https://t.co/8qC66VsX6P
— Alex Parker (@AlexParkerDC) November 24, 2017
Jesus Christ you need to resign
— Carter Man (@ImDerBatman) November 24, 2017
— Thomas Belasco (@tjbelasco) November 24, 2017
You’re seriously worried about this when there are such awful things happening all over the world?
— Lisa Wolford (@lisaconklin2) November 24, 2017
No TIME 4 that Donnie got golf to play!
— J. A. Bushman (@JasonBushey) November 24, 2017
"My girlfriend lives in Canada. You don't know her." https://t.co/R3Im9jU5Eo
— Donna Dickens Is Sick Of This Nazi Shit (@MildlyAmused) November 25, 2017
Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year. They just wanted a photo shoot. But I’m sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage. https://t.co/HkW1XkKxXK
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 24, 2017
If Time Magazine really wants to mess with Donald Trump, it should give "Person of the Year" to Robert Mueller.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 24, 2017
LaVar Ball, Person of the Year
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 24, 2017
So the guy who loves being Time “Person of the Year” so much he hung several fake Time covers prominently in country clubs wants us to believe he was just like, “No thanks!” pic.twitter.com/9fujLEYUZ4
— Alt. U.S. Press Sec. (@AltUSPressSec) November 24, 2017
Aw, don't feel bad Trump, I'm sure #TimeMagazine will select you as the Person of the Year next year after you're impeached.
— chaplinlives (@chaplinlives) November 24, 2017
Time Magazine usually names their person of the year around this time. I’d suggest awarding it to all of the courageous people who have come forward to shed light on sexual harassment and abuse. Brave, deserving and changing our culture for the better. https://t.co/6HEzIC35HD
— PresidentialTrump (@MatureTrumpTwts) November 24, 2017
— Chris Collier (@topher9200) November 24, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 24, 2017
Yeah, & Prince Harry called a few years back to say he was probably going to propose to me but I said "Nah, bro. Wait until the queen dies."
— AmberR❄se Griffis⛄ (@WensdaiAddamns) November 24, 2017
And this affects the citizens of the country you're supposed to govern how? #ActLikeAPresident
— OurBlessedAdventures (@gatorsmiths) November 24, 2017
This is now a parody account, right???
— Steve Reiman (@ReimanSteve) November 24, 2017
— dan haren (@ithrow88) November 24, 2017
— Joanna (@joanvw09) November 24, 2017
Yeah we know you only do interviews with fake journalists like Hannity.
— Jerry Coleman (@PutinsLapDog) November 24, 2017
Sorry, TIME does not notify people, anyone, they're a "probably". They only announce and discuss those in the voting
— Jill (@FoxxpawsJill) November 24, 2017
I don’t know who’ll be Time’s 2017 Person of the Year, but I must say it would be nice if Robert Mueller turns out to be Time’s 2018 Person of the Year.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 25, 2017
It's going to be so sweet when they make Colin Kaepernick Time Person of the Year. Trump's Twitter meltdown will be glorious.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) November 24, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@AKADonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
TIME should name Malia Obama person of the year for putting up with this BS for so long.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) November 24, 2017
A guy who literally made a fake Time magazine with himself on the cover is claiming he “took a pass” on Person Of The Year 🙄 pic.twitter.com/kVZnygEv6S
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) November 24, 2017