Time magazine's 2016 Person of the Year: Donald Trump
Time magazine’s 2016 Person of the Year: Donald Trump

Surprising nobody, Time named Donald Trump its “Person of the Year.” But did the president-elect sport “devil horns” in the cover portrait?

Some are saying the M in Time was artfully placed just above Trump’s head — the latest slam from a publication that twice depicted the New York businessman in “meltdown” mode.

Stories are covering the supposed cover conspiracy, with Twitter being the home for many suspicions.

Donald Trump as Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2016. Image via time.com
Some are even faulting Trump for divulging Time’s pick ahead of time. The Hill noted that Trump had tweeted he would be interviewed at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

“This came after The show had promised a live interview with the award’s ‘recipient or recipients’ after the scheduled announcement, at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday,” The Hill said.

Time explained its pick:

“This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.”

The essay concluded:

“For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”

Snopes.com, the hoax-busting site, noted that “devil horns” are not unusual for Time’s cover, showing the same treatment for Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and George W. Bush.

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