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Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU SoCal's Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ shortlist includes Kaepernick, Trump and more


Time on Monday announced the shortlist of candidates for the 2017 “Person of the Year” distinction.

Monday’s announcement featured 10 candidates for the annual honor, which Time has awarded since 1927.

The title recognizes the person or group of people who have most impacted the news during the past year, for better or worse.

This year’s shortlist includes former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on account of the National Football League’s (NFL) ongoing protests during the national anthem.

“The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was unable to find an NFL suitor this year after launching a national protest against racism and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem,” Time said of Kaepernick.

“Yet the protest grew this year, as hundreds of NFL players kneeled during the anthem in the wake of criticism from President Trump,” it added.

Time also named Trump to its 2017 shortlist, one year after he was named “2016 Person of the Year” by the magazine.

“President Trump, who was named 2016 Person of the Year, has spent his first year in the Oval Office attempting to dismantle the work of the Obama administration, from health care to immigration policy, environmental regulations to tax reform, all while continuing to spark feuds and controversy with an unfiltered Twitter feed,” it said.

Time’s 2017 shortlist also features Chinese President Xi Jinping, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller also made the cut, as did Patty Jenkins, the director of the hit movie “Wonder Woman.”

Rounding out the list were people who shared their experiences with sexual assault and harassment as part of the #MeToo movement on social media.

“Dreamers,” or undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were children, are additionally nominated for “Person of the Year” status.

Time will unveil its 2017 “Person of the Year” this Wednesday at 7 a.m. on NBC’s “Today,” and the news will also be shared at the same time on Time.com.

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