President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020.
Biden, the Democrat who defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 election to become just the 11th candidate in U.S. history to defeat a president seeking reelection, was part of a historic ticket with Harris, who will become the nation’s first female vice president and first one of color.
“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 world views that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive,” TIME Editor-In-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay about the selection.
The magazine revealed its choice for Person of the Year — a designation that is not necessarily an honor or award but representative of the influence the person has had on the news within the past year — during a televised special Thursday night.
Though Biden joins a long list of U.S. leaders who’ve been named Person of the Year (all but three presidents have been selected since the magazine’s creation of the title in 1927), Harris is the first vice presidential pick in the magazine’s history to be included.
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