Time fires back at Trump after 'Person of the Year' claim

Time on Friday fired back at President Trump's claim that he turned down the magazine's "Person of the Year" honor after being told that he would only "probably" receive the designation.

"The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year," the magazine wrote on its official Twitter account.

The pushback came after Trump tweeted earlier Friday that he was contacted by Time and told that he would "probably" be selected as the publication's "Person of the Year." He said he turned down the distinction, because the magazine did not guarantee him the spot.

Time's chief content officer, Alan Murray, also fired back at Trump from his own Twitter account.


Trump was named the Time "Person of the Year" in December 2016, after defeating Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE in the presidential election. 

At the time of that selection, Time editor Nancy Gibbs said the then-president-elect was a polarizing figure that elicited opinions from just about everyone.

"For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump's victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,” she said at the time.
"For those who see it as for the worse, the destruction extends to cherished norms of civility and discourse, a politics poisoned by vile streams of racism, sexism, nativism.”

Trump called the 2016 selection a "tremendous honor." His tweet on Friday came on the heels of a Time reader's choice poll that put singer Taylor Swift and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz ahead of Trump for the "Person of the Year" distinction.