Trump: 'No way’ Time makes me Person of the Year
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GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE is daring Time magazine to recognize him as its Person of the Year for 2015.

Trump is challenging the publication despite trailing 10 other people in a reader poll concerning the annual honor.


“We have somebody from Time magazine here,” he told listeners during a rally in Birmingham, Ala., last Saturday, according to the magazine.

“You know, I was on the cover recently,” Trump said. "Now they’re here again, so I assume they’re considering me for ‘man of the year.’

“I say there’s no way they give it to me,” the outspoken billionaire added. "Because mentally they can’t. They just can’t. They can’t do it. They can’t. Even if I deserve it, they can’t do it.”

Time announces the winner of its annual "Person of the Year" award in just under two weeks, on Dec. 4.

The publication’s editors ultimately select the year’s most influential newsmaker overall, but readers also weigh in via a poll that influences their final decision.

Trump ranks 11th out of 58 contenders, according to Time's ongoing voter tally.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, leads the race, with 11.2 percent.

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai ranks second, with 4.8 percent.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes 3.8 percent, edging out Pope Francis.

President Obama completes the survey’s current top five, garnering 3.5 percent in the ongoing online survey.

Trump receives 2.3 percent voter support in the contest. He trails such luminaries as comedian Stephen Colbert, global refugees and SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

The outspoken billionaire also lags behind Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Time has not released how many people have cast votes in the online survey.

Sanders and Trump currently lead multiple other 2016 presidential candidates.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton ranks below both men, as do Republican White House hopefuls like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The pair also beats out a plethora of notable international leaders, including French President François Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump, who has upended the race for next year’s GOP presidential nomination, has a nearly 8-point lead over Carson, his nearest competition, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average