Time magazine has released its 100 Most Influential People list for 2017, and it includes both Ivanka Trump and her father, the president of the United States.
The highly publicized list has been published since 1999 and is meant to highlight artists, cultural pioneers, powerful leaders, etc. Nominations come from Time alumni and writing staff all over the world, with editors making the final picks for the widely cited list.
Included in the list’s “pioneers” section this year are both Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Both work as advisers to the president and have been rumored in news media to have wielded a heavy influence on recent policy decisions.
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Also chosen for that same section is Gavin Grimm, a decision that will no doubt cause controversy. Grimm is the transgender student who arguably started the national debate over gender-identifying bathrooms.
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In the list’s “leaders” section is the president himself, Donald J. Trump. The magazine has published some unflattering covers featuring him, yet the publication also named him Person of the Year in 2016.
“He always finds a way to get it done. When so many, including me at times, didn’t see how he could pull it off, Donald Trump won a historic victory. And in becoming the 45th President of the United States, he completely rewrote the rules of politics and reset the course of this country,” wrote Speaker of the House Paul Ryan about Trump in the issue.
Along with Trump, there was Reince Priebus, his chief of staff, and Stephen Bannon, who is the chief White House strategist and was said to be a key factor in Trump’s win of the presidency. Bannon recently left his spot on the National Security Council, which has put his future in the White House in question. However, before landing at Trump’s side, he still helped spearhead Breitbart, which has quickly become one of the top conservative news organizations.
Some picks in the “leaders” section seemed a bit more unusual. People like Sens. Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren made the list despite being dinosaurs of the Democratic Party. It could be easily argued that neither individual holds much sway anymore, nor do they paint a bright future for Democrats — but clearly this depends on a person’s point of view.
Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange made the cut, presumably as his leaks of emails from the Democratic Party helped to shine a light on both information and the arguable corruption that led voters away from 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un also made the “leaders” list.
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On a lighter note, the magazine’s “artists” section cobbled together influencers about which most people are likely to agree. Actor and producer Ryan Reynolds (last year’s box-office smash “Deadpool”), actress Emma Stone (“La La Land”), actress Margot Robbie (“Suicide Squad”), actress Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), actor Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff), and musician Ed Sheeran all made the cut for this section.