Ron DeSantis joins Elon Musk as Time Person of Year finalist

Ron DeSantis joins Elon Musk as Time Person of Year finalist

This would surely drive Donald Trump up, if not over, the wall.

A rising GOP star and presumptive 2024 presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has made Time magazine’s shortlist for Person of the Year, joining the likes of Twitter kingpin Elon Musk, China leader Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

DeSantis has rocketed to the fore of American politics in recent years, and punctuated his rise with a 20-point rout of Democratic gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist last month.

Having catalyzed a Republican resurgence in the Sunshine State, DeSantis is widely considered a potential GOP presidential nominee in 2024, pitting him against the already declared, 76-year-old former President Trump.

Time’s 10 finalists for the annual recognition were revealed on NBC’s “Today” show.

The list also includes outgoing Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and novelist MacKenzie Scott.

Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a finalist for Time’s Person of the Year.
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Time also selected Iranian protesters, gun safety advocates and the US Supreme Court as finalists.

The publication began the annual tradition in 1927 when it tapped pioneering pilot Charles Lindbergh its first Man of the Year.

The magazine has previously stated that the title does not necessarily involve moral or ethical considerations, and instead selects “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”

Ron DeSantis
DeSantis has been named as a finalist for Time’s Person of the Year.

A total of 16 American presidents have been named person of the year, with Franklin D. Roosevelt the only three-time recipient.

Musk was given the title last year, preceded by President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who were named jointly.

Trump was named Person of the Year in 2016 after his surprise presidential victory. But he regularly lobbied to be given the title again and had even designed fake magazine covers to hang in golf course clubhouses.

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