Time’s Eyebrow-Raising Naming of Donald Trump as Person of the Year

Donald Trump is Time’s Person of the Year. Time explains that,

“For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”

This seems a bit tenuous, not to mention torturous, logic, given that the electorate voted for Hillary Clinton, but okay. Let’s let that pass and have some fun.

So Trump is Person of the Year, and so, as has been noted, was Adolf Hitler, the man to whom he has been so often compared. In this case, the comparison is invoked as proof of Godwin’s Law:

Others have noted also the “august” company Trump keeps. Clyde Haberman of The New York Times tweeted:

Leaving attorney Lisa Bloom to offer Time some timely advice:

Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee, on the other hand, strives to protect Trump from intrusion:

It is fair to say, even given the company of Richard M. Nixon, no American has been less deserving of being named person of the year.

John Fugelsang tells us that “Donald Trump is what happens when parents never say ‘no.'” And he’s right: Time should have just said no.

Most Americans did. And that’s one other thing Trump and Hitler have in common.

Neither of them won the popular vote.