Two things are true about those nominations — and the 10 p.m. ET announcement Thursday night of the winner:
1) President Donald Trump is 100% aware that he has been nominated.
2) He will be livid if, as is likely, he doesn’t win.
Trump, you see, has long been obsessed with Time’s award (and Time magazine more generally).
Then, like so much of Trump’s presidency, things turns sour.
“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!”
Which brings us to this year.
If Trump were to win, it would be without question a major upset. Because, well, he lost the presidential election to Biden. And in terms of the face of the fight against the coronavirus, it’s Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the nurses and doctors risking their lives to treat patients with the virus. (My educated guess is that Fauci/frontline workers will win.) As for the protests demanding racial justice that arose around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, well, that’s not exactly Trump’s strong suit either.
Which brings up an interesting point: It’s not just that Trump isn’t likely to win Time’s “Person of the Year.”
It’s that the three other finalists are, each in their own way, an implicit rejection of the President and his time in office.
In short: The other nominees are a “who’s who” of people Donald Trump doesn’t want to lose to — or, in the case of Biden, lose to twice.
Keep a close eye on Trump’s Twitter feed around 10 p.m. ET tonight. There could well be fireworks.