The United States president-elect and vice president-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris jointly named Time’s person of the year.
Biden is one of the oldest people to be named Time person of the year at 78 and follows the pick of last year, climate activist Greta Thunberg, who became the youngest person to be named as such at 16 years of age.
Trump, who won the title shortly after his victory in 2016, as well as Dr. Anthony Fauci and health workers, who were instead called Time’s Guardians of the Year and the social justice movement, were beaten out by Biden and Harris.
“If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and worldviews that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive,” Time magazine wrote.
After an extraordinary election year dominated by mail-in votes in the midst of the pandemic, the rise of Biden and Harris to the presidency was trailed by a subplot of outgoing President Trump’s unsuccessful attempts to reverse the election.
Time wrote of the Democratic ticket: “Biden had the vision…but he also recognized what he could not offer on his own, what a 78-year-old white man could never provide: generational change, a fresh perspective, and an embodiment of America’s diversity.”
“For that, he needed Kamala Harris: California Senator, former district attorney, and state attorney general, a biracial child of immigrants whose charisma and tough questioning of Trump Administration officials electrified millions of Democrats.” the Magazine added.
But despite Trump’s false and unfounded attempts to assert widespread voter fraud, which has been repeatedly struck down in court, the incoming administration has already had to work out how it plans to resolve its top priority, the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 300,000 people in the United States.
In a year that saw extreme political strife, a debate about racism and an epidemic that left millions of Americans in desperate needs, Time also called its heroes of the year, local figures, business owners and leaders offering housing and protection to their wider population, as well as the firefighters who tackled the unprecedented bush fires in Australia.