If it weren’t for #PieGate, this would certainly be the least newsworthy story of the day:
Time magazine disputes Pres. Trump's claim that he turned down the publication's request for an interview and photo shoot for "Person of the Year" issue. https://t.co/UQJVN1l3wh pic.twitter.com/eiNuXCj618
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 25, 2017
As Twitchy reported, President Trump on Friday tweeted about taking a pass on being TIME’s Person of the Year this year:
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
During his previous major photo shoot, Trump was attacked by an ornery bald eagle named Uncle Sam — no good! Some got the joke; others, like TIME, apparently didn’t, setting the record straight with ABC News:
But Time magazine took issue with Trump’s claim, tweeting less than three hours later, “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.
There’s one thing with not recognizing that President Trump does indeed have a sense of humor; there’s also Trump Derangement Syndrome, and MSNBC political analyst and former TIME editor Richard Stengel seems to be one of those afflicted:
Mr. President, just to clarify things, I wanted to offer a few statistics. Number of times you were Person of the Year during the 7 years I was editor of Time: 0. Number of times you were on the cover: 0. Number of times you made the Time 100 influentials list: 0. Thanks anyway!
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 25, 2017
That’s quite a burn.
— TenaciousT (@Temocracy17) November 25, 2017
This burn would be a pre-existing condition. https://t.co/wlDtJw5uHS
— Angela Melini (@angelamelini) November 25, 2017
Former editor of TIME: Holy Grail of BURN 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/I1uuEAs0Re
— One Resister 👊 (@OneResister) November 25, 2017
— Venture Capital (@kelly2277) November 25, 2017
The only thing, though, is that this burn might have been self-inflicted. So while Trump never made Stengel’s list of the 100 most influential people, he ended up running for president and beating Hillary Clinton.
Where are you now and where is he again? https://t.co/P76yhrJSpE
— Baba Prabudh 🇺🇸 (@StocksnScotch) November 25, 2017
Given that these lists are ostensibly of influential people, this seems like an oversight on your part. https://t.co/C1f9Fs393Z
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) November 25, 2017
Ever so gently, and I am not a Trump supporter, given Trump ended up as president (arguably an influential position) maybe you shouldn’t be proud of missing the Trump trend? https://t.co/wvrMWDBfGA
— Steven Strauss (@Steven_Strauss) November 25, 2017
wow, Donald Trump wasn't very powerful or influential from 2006 to 2013, but became powerful and influential shortly thereafter. owned, I guess? https://t.co/Gcy2kzS3Q2
— Codex Mendoza ⏳🌹⌛️ (@planoneck) November 25, 2017
In this tweet, former editor of TIME zings Trump by bragging that editor 100% missed national trends that rocked US politics & altered course of history.
Sick burn dude. https://t.co/rN7MM8evfk
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) November 25, 2017
Sounds like Time really missed the boat. Brave of you to admit it. https://t.co/fOT08mKBGo
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) November 25, 2017
He's bragging that he completely missed the pulse of the American people over a long period of time…by a lot. Makes perfect sense that he's an MSNBC contributor, doesn't it? https://t.co/4MoWZek5Dc
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) November 25, 2017
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'Glorious': Trump's latest tweet on TIME magazine's Person of the Year may be his best one yet https://t.co/SiOaJSSgdo
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 25, 2017