Robert Mueller, Donald Trump Among Final 10 Nominees for Time's Person of the Year
The annual designation names figures who have impacted current events, and Trump previously received the title in 2016
Vladimir Putin, who was named Person of the Year in 2007, was included on the list in part because Trump’s friendliness with the Russian president has come under scrutiny in the wake of Russia’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
In Finland in July, Trump insisted that “President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial” of Russian interference.
The March for Our Lives activists were among the 10 candidates. After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 people in February, the young activists turned their grief into action. They inspired thousands of people to demonstrate against gun violence in March and focused on voter registration afterward.
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Other candidates include Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault before he was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, and Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who was killed in Instanbul.
Separated families were also nominated. The Trump administration provoked outrage this year for separating children from their parents when families tried to illegally enter the country at the border.
“If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally,” former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “It’s not our fault that somebody does that.” Critics have called the policy cruel.
Ryan Coogler, the director who helmed Black Panther, and Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, were given nods as well.
The Person of the Year will be announced on Today on Tuesday.