German magazine 'Der Spiegel' gives Donald Trump "loser of the year" awardBy Mustafa Gatollari
Dec. 15 2020, Updated 9:05 a.m. ET
TIME Magazine's decision to name Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in its 'Person of the Year' distinctions was a move that was heavily criticized by many of Donald Trump's supporters, which may have been confounded by the fact that the President had received the "same" title in 2016 after the businessman-turned reality TV personality turned commander-in-chief bested career politician Hillary Clinton in a race for the Presidency.
But this year, not only was Donald Trump not named TIME's 'Person of the Year,' but he received another distinction by Germany's popular publication Der Spiegel: 'Loser of the Year.' Roland Nelles and Ralf Neukirch penned the article which was a thinly-veiled invective and harsh criticism of the 45th President of the United States.
The article blasts Trump for being selfish and that he "never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing — himself. Nothing is normal under Trump. He refuses to admit defeat. Instead, he speaks of massive electoral fraud, although there is no evidence for it. The whole thing is not surprising. Trump’s presidency ends as it began: Without decency and without dignity."
It even included criticism of the GOP as a whole: "The formerly proud party of Abraham Lincoln has degenerated into a collection of spineless yes-men," suggesting that the Republican party allows divisiveness between political parties and welcomes the American people to give into the same bipartisanship.
Der Spiegel has a history of being vocally critically of President Trump. In 2018, the publication released an issue of an an animatedly angry Donald Trump face flipping off the entirety of Europe. They wrote, "Trump is only proficient in destruction. The West as we once knew it no longer exists. It is impossible to overstate what Trump has dismantled."
A reported 85% of Germans disapprove of President Trump, with 85% of individuals in the country stating they are not confident he would do "the right thing" when it comes to global affairs.
Der Spiegel spoke with a national German official who believes that relations between the United States and Deutschland will only improve. stating that Biden is "predictable, reliable and anything but a hothead. The most important thing is that he’s not Trump."
Tons of Twitter users piled on to share their opinion of Der Spiegel's 2020 nomenclature of the US President, echoing that he is "Loser of the Year."
Others pointed out TIME's cover of Trump's "person of the year" candidacy, showing how much it differed from the cover of Biden/Harris'.
Others posted their own photoshopped versions of a TME magazine cover naming Trump the "Loser of the Year."
The 2020 presidential election was one of the most closely contested ones in the nation's history. Currently Republican electors are attempting to bring the final Presidential election decision to court, with Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania all casting their votes in a bid as to whether or not Trump's legal challenge will stay alive or not.
Pennsylvania stated that they drew their inspiration from the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy where Hawaii was awarded to Richard Nixon. Democratic electors were able to enact a conditional vote and, after a recount, discovered that Kennedy had actually won the state.