Following a divisive presidential election campaign season, Donald Trump has been named Time Magazine's person of the year. Time notes, “for better or for worse [Trump] has done the most to influence the events of the year” with the accompanying headline, "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America."

Last year, Trump hit back at Time in a tweet after Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel made the cover, saying they would never choose him despite his popularity.

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Hitler made Time's cover too

Now, the President-elect joins the likes of both questionable and lauded world leaders including Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin who made the cover twice, Ayatollah Khomeini, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Time's editor-in-chief, Nancy Gibbs wrote, “So which is it this year: better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer. It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption.”

On Wednesday's edition of NBC's "Today," Trump responded to Time's take on the country as the "Divided States of America" saying, "When you say divided states of America, I didn't divide them.

Donald Trump: Grow Up | National Review - nationalreview.com
Donald Trump: Grow Up | National Review - nationalreview.com

I'm not president yet, so I didn't do anything to divide." It should be noted that since Trump won the presidential election on November 8, there has been a national spike in hate-crimes and racist graffiti in schools, at places of worship, work, and in public spaces.

Post-election hate-crimes spike

Ten days after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation across the country, and regrettably, the number continues to grow.

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Additionally, the NYPD says there has been a 115 percent increase in hate crimes across the city, the latest of which includes an attack on a Muslim Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee who was shoved by a man, down a flight of stairs at Grand Central Station after calling her a “terrorist.”

Minorities targeted

The primary targets of the attacks have been Jews (24 of the 43 reported attacks), Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community, and people of color.

Last month, Trump gave a minimal plea to his supporters who were committing the acts of violence, saying, “stop it” on "60 Minutes."

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