Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Jointly Named TIME’s 2020 “Person Of The Year”

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US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has been jointly named TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” after their record-breaking gubernatorial election victory over the incumbent Donald Trump.

“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 while explaining the publication’s choice.

The Democratic pair were chosen ahead of three other finalists: frontline health care workers and Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement and President Trump. TIME’s cover boasts portraits of Biden and Harris with the subtitle “Changing America’s story.”

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Together, they offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket. And America bought what they were selling,” the publication added. Biden 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. 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.

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Harris, who is the first Vice President-elect to be named Person of the Year 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.”

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. Earlier Thursday, Time named basketball superstar LeBron James Athlete of the Year for his achievements on and off the court.

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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 also named Entertainer of the Year.

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