Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had been collectively named Time’s Particular person of the Yr by Reuters

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By Barbara Goldberg and Steve Gorman

NEW YORK (Reuters) – US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year 2020” Thursday, selected from a list of finalists that included the man who was Biden had defeated in the elections. President Donald Trump.

The former Democratic vice president and his colleague, a California Senator whose election broke gender and racial barriers, together offered “recovery and renewal in a single ticket,” Time said in a profile of the couple posted online with its announcement.

After the most tumultuous US presidential campaign in modern times, led by a deadly pandemic, economic devastation, and conflict-ridden national settlement of racism, Biden and Harris prevailed in an election that saw the highest turnout in a century.

The editor-in-chief and CEO of the time, Edward Felsenthal, attested the winners the success of an “existential debate about the reality in which we live”.

“To change American history, to show that the powers of empathy are greater than the furies of division, to share a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the Person of the Year 2020 of the time . ”

Trump, the 45th U.S. President and Time’s Person of the Year 2016, honored a month after his disgruntled Republican election victory that year, was among three other finalists this year, Time said.

The other two, both group candidates, were the healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and participants in the racial justice movement sparked by the May 25 assassination of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The Person of the Year is usually an individual, but multiple people have been named in the past. The title, according to the magazine, is one that means “who has influenced the news or our lives the most, for better or for worse”.

Time began its tradition in 1927. The young climate activist Greta Thunberg became the youngest individual winner of the award last year.

Biden, 78, who served two terms as Vice President of Barack Obama, will be the oldest person to serve as U.S. President when he is sworn in on Jan. 20. Harris becomes the first woman, the first black, and the first person of Asian descent is named vice president.

Trump, who continues to campaign for unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election has been rigged against him and that he is the rightful winner, is unlikely to attend the inauguration.

Along with the Person of the Year award, Time Magazine named Korean pop group BTS Entertainer of the Year and basketball star LeBron James was named Athlete of the Year.

The winners and finalists for various categories were to be celebrated on Thursday evening during a special prime-time television program on NBC.

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