Not that this is an uncommon occurrence in 2017, but Trump has been caught in a fib, and everyone is immeasurably amused. The newest untruth on the reality TV star’s roster came to us via Twitter, his favorite silliness-spewing site. TIME Magazine, he claimed, had informed him he’d “probably” be named its Person of the Year. Offended by the mag’s use of the word “probably,” he’d rejected the quasi-offer. As any well-adjusted person would.
“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ‘Man (Person) of the Year,’ like last year,” Trump wrote for his 40+ million followers, “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!”
Only a few hours later, TIME responded to Trump’s claim with a small correction: it wasn’t accurate.
“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year,” the mag wrote. “TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”
Naturally, this flub was prime material for Twitter’s top comedians, and we all benefitted.
“@nytimes just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Friday. “I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”
TIME’s former managing editor, Richard Stengel, also clarified what the alleged interaction meant:
“Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year,” he wrote on Friday. “They just wanted a photo shoot. But I’m sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage.”
Stengel followed up on Saturday with a major truth bomb:
“Mr. President, just to clarify things, I wanted to offer a few statistics,” he wrote. “Number of times you were Person of the Year during the 7 years I was editor of Time: 0. Number of times you were on the cover: 0. Number of times you made the Time 100 influentials list: 0. Thanks anyway!”
Earlier in 2017, everyone got a good laugh when it was revealed Trump had a fake TIME cover of himself displayed in a few of his private golf clubs.
Others were quick to point out Trump’s bizarre obsession with the iconic magazine:
Former White House photographer Pete Souza also contributed a collage that reminded everyone Trump has some catching up to do when it comes to TIME covers:
For 90 years, TIME has featured a Person of the Year who has “for better or for worse” managed to “influence the events” of that year. Trump was featured in 2016, though many saw the feature as a declaration of his ridiculousness rather than an honor.
Pro tip: Comments like this probably don’t help.