TIME announces ‘Person of the Year’ finalists including Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Dr Fauci

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TIME magazine announced Thursday that it had nominated its four finalists for the title of “Person of the Year” – President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump, Dr.Anthony Fauci and health workers, and protesters for the racial justice.

The winner will be announced Thursday night on a television special that airs nationally on the NBC network starting at 10 p.m. EST.

This is when the editors of TIME will reveal who they think deserves the title, which goes to the individual or group of people who have had the most significant impact – both positive and negative – to worldwide.

TIME Editor Edward Felsenthal appeared on NBC’s TODAY Thursday morning to announce the finalists.

He said 2020 was a “really tough year to make that call.”

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President-elect Joe Biden (left) and President Trump (right) are two of four finalists for TIME magazine’s person of the year honor.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's foremost infectious disease specialist, was also named a finalist for `` championing science at a time when science needed to be championed, '' according to TIME editor Edward Felsenthal.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease specialist, was also named a finalist for “defending science at a time when science needed to be defended,” according to TIME editor Edward Felsenthal.

A protester waves his fist as others gather outside the Lincoln Memorial for the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” march for racial justice on August 28.  The protesters are also among the finalists for TIME Person of the Year

A protester waves his fist as others gather outside the Lincoln Memorial for the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” march for racial justice on August 28. The protesters are also among the finalists for TIME Person of the Year

The winner will be announced Thursday night on a television special that airs nationally on the NBC network starting at 10 p.m. EST.

The winner will be announced Thursday night on a television special that airs nationally on the NBC network starting at 10 p.m. EST.

When asked to explain why Biden was chosen as a finalist, Felsenthal cited the former vice president’s “historic” electoral victory thanks to “the most popular votes of all candidates in history.”

Felsenthal noted that Biden won more of the popular vote by running against an incumbent than any presidential candidate since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932.

The FDR beat President Herbert Hoover in a landslide, garnering over 57% of the vote.

Trump, who won person of the year in 2016, is a finalist because “he’s not going away,” according to Felsenthal.

“He still controls the Republican Party very well,” the editor said of the country’s 45th president.

“He completely changed campaign standards for the White House because he changed a lot of standards throughout his tenure.

“He obviously had a huge influence for better or worse in the way he handled the coronavirus pandemic,” Felsenthal said.

Trump was named TIME Person of the Year in 2016. That year he shocked the world by defeating Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election.

Felsenthal said the race for racial justice was an “extraordinary and incredibly important story” about “the greatest mass protest in US history.”

Trump was named TIME's Person of the Year in 2016. That year he shocked the world by beating Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election.

Last year, he picked 17-year-old Greta Thunberg as his person of the year.  The young Swede has been recognized for her activism in favor of climate change awareness.

Trump was named TIME’s Person of the Year in 2016. That year he shocked the world by defeating Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election. Last year he picked 17-year-old Greta Thunberg (right) as his personality of the year. The young Swede has been recognized for her activism in favor of climate change awareness.

In the weeks following the murder of George Floyd by police on May 25 in Minneapolis, millions of Americans across the country took to the streets to protest police brutality.

Protests have escalated into violence at times, as rioters and looters damaged shop windows and other businesses.

The protest movement prompted local and state governments to make changes that included cutting police budgets and a greater emphasis on mental health and reducing income inequality.

Explaining the inclusion of Fauci and frontline healthcare workers on the list, Felsenthal said the COVID-19 pandemic was a “one-century story.”

Fauci is credited with “standing up for science at a time when science needed to be defended,” Felsenthal said.

The coronavirus continues to climb across much of the world, killing more than 1.5 million, including more than 289,000 in the United States.

The pandemic has disrupted normal life in much of the western world, forcing businesses to close, halting travel and flooding hospitals with sick patients who have contracted the disease.

The magazine has named a recipient every year since 1927. Last year it chose 17-year-old Greta Thunberg as Personality of the Year.

The young Swede has been recognized for her activism in favor of climate change awareness.

In 2018, the magazine selected several journalists who were either jailed, killed or shot. TIME hailed the group as “guardians” of the “war on truth”.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was named TIME Athlete of the Year on Thursday.  James led the Lakers to an NBA championship this year while also emerging as a racial activist.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was named TIME Athlete of the Year on Thursday. James led the Lakers to an NBA championship this year while also emerging as a racial activist

TIME also announced its Artist of the Year - Korean boy band BTS

TIME also announced its Artist of the Year – Korean boy band BTS

TIME has previously announced that LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is the recipient of their Athlete of the Year award.

James, 35, won his fourth NBA championship this year after leading the Lakers to the title. He is also recognized for his activism following the murder of George Floyd by the police.

TIME also announced its Artist of the Year – Korean boy band BTS.

The magazine cited BTS ‘massive global presence amid the pandemic, including leveraging their huge fan base to support causes such as Black Lives Matter.

The group has become a staple of recent awards, performing their flashy # 1 hit Dynamite.

The November song earned BTS its first Grammy nomination.

TIME will also announce its Businessman of the Year. Last year’s winner was Robert Iger, the executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company.

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