People Wanted HRC For Person Of The Year

by Chris Tognotti

If you're been on social media today, then you've probably already seen the announcement. President-elect Donald Trump has been named TIME Person of the Year for 2016, in a move that surprised precisely nobody. But in the run-up to the announcement, there were several different options in TIME's online reader poll, and one of them was, well, the other candidate in the 2016 race — the won who actually won millions more votes than the next American president did. That's right, there are many tweets saying Hillary Clinton should've been TIME's Person of the Year for 2016.

Sure, it may not seem logical to give the distinction to the runner-up, especially if you're gauging future impact. Clinton's career as an elected official is likely over, while Trump's hasn't even begun yet (as weird and frightening as that may sound).

But the enormous historical landmark Clinton's candidacy represented in American history can't be overlooked, and whether it's earnest or aspirational, some people out there really rather seen her face staring out from the cover of TIME than Trump's iconic glower. Here are nine tweets making the case, or simply wishing desperately that things had somehow gone differently.

1. Screwed Up Bigly

2. Irrational Hatred

3. Robbed Again

4. If TIME Was Smart

5. Guessing Hillary Got More Votes

6. 2016 Doesn't Deserve It

7. Any Questions?

8. The Baller Move

9. We Like This Version

If you were a Clinton supporter, or merely someone who doesn't want to have to look at Trump's face while standing at the supermarket checkout aisle, it's sad to say, but presidential runner-ups don't exactly have the inside track for this kind of an award. And thus, much as the general election left Democrats aching and seeking some measure of solace and comfort, so too will there be angst over TIME's selection, albeit with the stakes about a million orders of magnitude lower.

Just remember, though, it's not intended as an endorsement, as even a brief glimpse back at winners in past years will show you. Regardless, it would've been nice to see the first female major party nominee and the voters' choice get the nod. But, alas, it wasn't to be.