The Democratic pair were chosen ahead of three other finalists: frontline health care workers and Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement and President Trump.
Trump has not yet responded to the news that he lost out to Biden, but he is known to have an ongoing feud with the magazine over its failure to choose him in previous years. He was named Time Person of the year in 2016.
Time’s 2020 Person of the Year magazine cover boasts portraits of Biden, 78, and Harris, 56, with the subtitle ‘Changing America’s story’.
‘For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world,’ Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said of the choice.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were named Time magazine’s 2020 ‘Person of the Year’ on Thursday for their election victory over Donald Trump
Some social media users criticized Time for picking Biden and Harris
Others joked that Trump had lost out to Biden again with the Time choice
Felsenthal notes, ‘Every elected President since FDR has at some point during his term been a Person of the Year, nearly a dozen of those in a presidential election year. This is the first time we have included a Vice President.’
‘Together, they offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket. And America bought what they were selling,’ he added.
Biden beat Trump by 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232 to end the real estate tycoon-turned-politician’s presidency after one term.
He received roughly seven million more votes than his Republican adversary, who is yet to concede, claiming widespread fraud of which there is no evidence.
Time praised the Democratic ticket for ousting an incumbent president for the just the 10th time in US history.
Trump was named Person of the Year by the magazine in 2016, pictured above
‘Biden and Harris had to revive the party’s fading strength with white voters without college degrees; energize its emerging base of diverse, urban young voters; and motivate the hordes of angry suburbanites, particularly college graduates and women, who had fled the Trump-era GOP,’ it wrote.
When asked by Time what he would like people to say about him after four years in the White House, Biden replied: ‘That America was better off and average Americans are better off the day we left than the day we arrived. That’s my objective.’
Harris is the first Vice President-elect to be named Person of the Year.
She said in an interview with Time that Biden’s administration would have to tackle a host of issues from the White House, including the pandemic, an ‘economic crisis’ and a ‘long overdue reckoning on racial justice’.
‘We have to be able to multitask, just like any parent or any human being does,’ Harris said.
Trump, pictured, has not yet spoken about his loss to Biden for Time Person of the Year
Healthcare workers were also among the runners-up for Time Person of the Year in 2020. Pictured, medical workers in protective gear in Ohio in November
Essential workers on the frontline against the coronavirus pandemic, including doctors, nurses and grocery store employees, had topped a readers’ poll of who should be named Person of the Year.
The choice of Biden and Harris was met with a mixture of praise and criticism with some claiming that it was a slight to the medical workers.
‘Time Magazine doesn’t pick frontline workers as persons of the year who’ve given and sacrificed so much this year.’ condemned @Curtis Houck.
‘Instead, they show their far-left tilt (and pure hatred for the 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump) by picking Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.’
‘Lazy, lazy, @TIME,’ wrote @BrianDHinson1. ‘If @BarackObama didn’t destroy the playing field, Biden wouldn’t have even gotten the nomination. A hawk and a cop. There could have been better.’
Critics took to Twitter to slam the decision to overlook healthcare workers
Some Trump fans joked it was the only win Biden would have, despite his election victory
‘Give Joe Biden the TIME Person of the Year award. He’ll need something since he won’t be getting the Oval,’ joked @DeanBrowningPA.
Others claimed that the joke was on Trump as he had been beaten out by Biden yet again.
‘Time mag’s People pf the Year: Biden and Harris. Meaning Biden has beaten Trump yet again,’ said @Toure.
‘Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the Time Person of the Year. Don’t worry Donald Trump, you can always be the Doing Time Prisoner of the Year,’ tweeted The Palmer Report.
‘Now that Biden and Harris have been named Time person of the year, the GOP plans to file suit charging fraud, while Lou dogs and Hannity scream endlessly about the conspiracy,’ joked Twitter Kurt Eichenwald, referencing Trump failed legal bids to overturn the election results while making unfounded claims of fraud.
‘And @KenPaxtonTX will also sue Time, licking Trumps hand while crawling for a corrupt & criminal pardon.’
Biden fans joked that Trump would also try to sue to overturn his loss here
‘Trump will rage tweet about Biden/Harris being the Time person of the year in 3-2-1…’ added Amy Siskind.
Trump remained quiet as the news of his loss broke, however. Instead, he continued to tweet his unfounded claims of election fraud and ignored the Time result.
Trump’s campaign shared this image of him superimposed onto the body of 2019 winner Greta Thunberg after the president was enraged he didn’t win again
‘Why didn’t the Fake News Media, the FBI and the DOJ report the Biden matter BEFORE the Election. Oh well, it’s OK, we won the Election anyway – 75,000,000 VOTES!!!’ he wrote among Thursday night’s tweets.
In previous years, Trump has raged against the magazine for picking other people.
Last year, his campaign even released an image of his face superimposed onto the cover on the body of 16-year-old activist Great Thunberg, who was the 2019 winner.
Trump’s Twitter feud with Time goes as far back as 2012 when he wrote: ‘I knew last year that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn’t include me in their Top 100…’
He fumed further in 2013, claiming, ‘The Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People is a joke and stunt of a magazine that will, like Newsweek, soon be dead. Bad list!’
A temporary truce emerged in August 2015 after he graced the cover but came tumbling down again when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named 2015 Person of the Year.
‘I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany,’ he said.
Yet a year later, Trump was their choice, which he called ‘a great honor’.
The president claimed he turned down the chance again in 2017 after he was told he could ‘probably’ be the winner, saying it was ‘no good and took a pass’.
Yet his anger at being overlooked erupted again in 2019 with the choice of Thunberg.
Trump Twitter feud with Time magazine began back in 2012
Trump praised the magazine for choosing him in 2016
Yet he renewed the feud again by 2017 when he was not the main choice
In 2019, Trump was angered when Greta Thunberg was named Person of the Year
‘So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!’ he said of the teen activist at the time.
Time magazine’s award – handed out annually since 1927 – honors the person or people who most impacted the news, for better or worse, during the calendar year.
Earlier Thursday, Time named basketball superstar LeBron James Athlete of the Year for his achievements on and off the court.
The 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers player was honored for battling voter suppression among Black citizens in a year when he won his fourth NBA title.
K-Pop sensation BTS was named Entertainer of the Year.