Trump has abdicated his responsibilities as president of the United States, and is wasting away the last days of his moribund administration sulking and trying to stage a coup in broad daylight.
But I predict he will stop tweeting his insane conspiracy theories about a rigged election long enough to watch NBC News at 10 p.m. tonight when TIME will reveal its 2020 “Person of the Year.”
As much as Trump rails against the mainstream news he seeks their validation. Last year Trump was furious when TIME named 16-year-old environmentalist activist Greta Thunberg as “Person of the Year” instead of the man-baby climate change-denying commander-in-chief.
Each year the magazine selects an individual, group or organization who has “greatly impacted the country and the world during the calendar year”, for good or ill.
This year’s finalists are: President-elect Joe Biden, the movement for racial justice, Dr. Anthony Fauci and front-line workers, and Donald Trump.
The movement for racial justice has brought the issues of police brutality against minorities, criminal-justice reform and systemic racism to the forefront, but I don’t think it will win.
Joe Biden is certainly deserving of the recognition; his campaign was given the last rites after his horrible showing in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, but the moderate septuagenarian was resurrected in South Carolina by Rep. Jim Clyburn’s endorsement and he went on to win the Democratic presidential nomination and capture the White House. But if Time anoints him as “Person of the Year”, Trump might lose it completely and nuke North Korea, and Time doesn’t want to be responsible for ushering in Armageddon.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has spoken truth to power and told America the unvarnished truth about the pandemic, and I predict he will be rewarded for putting science ahead of servility and integrity ahead of expediency.