After months of topping Republican presidential preference polls, Donald Trump has made the short list for Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
The list of candidates chosen by the magazine’s editors for the 2015 distinction also include Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi; Black Lives Matter activists; Caitlyn Jenner; Uber CEO Travis Kalanick; German chancellor Angela Merkel; Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Time’s editors choose the person of the year, selecting the person they believe most influenced the news for the year, “for better or worse.”
The magazine, which will announce the cover maker on Wednesday, noted Trump’s “populist rhetoric has made him frontrunner in the race for the Republican presidential candidacy and stirred debate about the party’s future.”
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won the magazine’s online readers’ poll for Time Person of the Year, topping Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was in second place with 5 percent of the votes cast and Pope Francis, who finished third with 3.7 percent.
Trump last month challenged the magazine to give him the honor. Noting that someone from Time was at a Trump rally in Alabama, he said he had appeared on a recent cover.
“Now they’re here again, so I assume they’re considering me for man of the year,” he said. “I say there’s no way they give it to me. They can’t. Because, mentally, they can’t. They just can’t. They can’t do it. Even if I deserve it, they can’t do it.”
The health care workers who helped tamp down the Ebola epidemic in West Africa got the nod in 2014.