Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he “can’t imagine” anyone other than himself being named Time’s Person of the Year.
A reporter asked Trump as he prepared to depart the White House for his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida who deserved to finish second for the designation, telling the president he assumed who his choice for first would be.
“It’s called person of the year, right? It’s no longer man of the year, right?” Trump replied.
“I don’t know, that’s up to Time Magazine,” he continued. “I’ve been there before. I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump.”
The magazine released the results of a reader poll earlier today to pick the Person of the Year. Trump finished tied for 13th with 2 percent of the vote, along with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and special counsel Robert Mueller, among others.
The top choice was South Korean boy band BTS.
The magazine typically announces its editors’ choice in December.
Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2016, with the magazine’s editor saying at the time he was a polarizing figure who elicited opinions from individuals across the political spectrum.
The president claimed last year that he turned down the honor, though the magazine refuted his claim. Time eventually named “Silence Breakers,” including the women of the #MeToo movement, the Person of the Year.
.@realDonaldTrump on @TIME person of the year: "I don’t know, that is up to TIME magazine. I’ve been there before. I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump, can you imagine anybody else other than Trump?" pic.twitter.com/Fq4ksjM0pB
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 20, 2018