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Joe Scarborough Scolds Time: Trump Should Be 'Person' of 2015

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 10:11 AM

"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough said Wednesday he has one main question about Time Magazine's decision to choose German Chancellor Angela Merkel over Donald Trump for its Person of the Year: "Why, why, why? Why, why, why not Donald Trump?

"[Merkel] sounds like somebody you want to be person of the year," Scarborough told Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs on his morning show, while he and others at the panel table questioned her about the magazine's choice. "Time Magazine has long told us it is the person who has shaped events for good or ill the most around the world."

Gibbs explained that the choice was made because at a time when world leaders were tested as they never had been before, "no one was tested more than her."

"Over and over and over again she was the one who had to step in and address first the economic crisis that could have brought down the Eurozone this summer," Gibbs continued. "Then the refugee crisis this fall, and now the return of terror in Europe. And this is someone who has been in office for 10 years. She arguably could have been the person of the year a number of times."

She admitted that Trump, as "the person who has most shaped American politics in the last months" will be first of mind, but Merkel is the leader of "a continent that has drawn the world into war over and over again."

Trump was also angry over not being picked, tweeting:
But Scarborough argued that Merkel is not the discussion around his show's table, in New Hampshire, in Iowa, and around the world.

"Mike Barnicle just came back from Paris, and they are absolutely astounded by what's happening in America, and they're scared because we are the leaders of the free world," said Scarborough. "Richard Haass, every time he comes back from overseas he said the only thing diplomats want to talk to him about. Not global warming, not the Iran deal, it's Trump and what it means to U.S. leadership in the world."

Gibbs replied that she doesn't dispute the "amazing change" in politics that's gone on since Trump announced his candidacy this summer, "and the number of times I have lost count of how many times Trump has said something that everyone has considered disqualifying."

The next 12 months will tell about whether politics will change, said Gibbs, but meanwhile, she's also heard from supporters of Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson.

"There's probably a reason why Time has never put a presidential candidate as person of the year, because they know that in the next 12 months the voters will decide Gibbs said.

Merkel, meanwhile, is the "anti-Trump," said Gibbs.

"Her position is that great nations build bridges, not walls," she said. "This is someone who grew up behind the Iron Curtain. She is making a very politically risky, arguably strategically risky bet on openness and tolerance and freedom, which is rather remarkable story from the leader of Germany."

Still, Scarborough wasn't convinced, nor was another panel member, Mark Halperin.

"It seems like an admirable choice but I don't know that it's the right choice," Scarborough said, and Halperin replied that he's "11 percent" convinced.

Scarborough argued though that like Trump, "you don't know" Merkel will be in power in a year.

"She's in more of a more tenuous position today than she's been with the German voters," he insisted.

Scarborough's arguments came one day after he and Trump had a testy exchange on his show, when he called for a commercial break because Trump was talking over questions posed by co-host Mika Brzezinski over his plan to ban Muslim immigration.

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"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough said Wednesday he has one main question about Time Magazine's decision to choose German Chancellor Angela Merkel over Donald Trump for its Person of the Year: "Why, why, why? Why, why, why not Donald Trump?"
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