This will certainly put Donald Trump over the top, if not over the wall.
GOP rising star and 2024 presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined the likes of Twitter king Elon Musk, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as Time magazine’s nominees for Person of the Year.
DeSantis has risen to the top of American politics in recent years, culminating in a 20-point defeat of Democratic gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist last month.
DeSantis, who has fueled a Republican resurgence in the Sunshine State, is being considered as a potential 2024 GOP presidential nominee, pitting him against the already announced 76-year-old former President Trump.
The 10 finalists for Time’s annual honor on NBC’s “Today” show have been announced.
The list also includes retired Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and author Mackenzie Scott.
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 first named pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh as its Man of the Year.
As the magazine has previously stated, the title does not contain moral or ethical judgments and instead “represents the person who has most influenced our news and lives and what is important for the year, or persons” are selected.
A total of 16 American presidents have been named Person of the Year, with Franklin D. Roosevelt the only person to receive the award three times.
Musk was awarded the title last year, previously shared by President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.