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Time announces Person of the Year finalists

05 December 2017

This year's finalists are Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump, The #MeToo Movement, Jeff Bezos, The Dreamers, Patty Jenkins, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Mueller, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Xi Jinping.

TIME's first selection was Charles Lindbergh, the first person to make a solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic.

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Kaepernick has been a lightning rod in the NFL as his decision to kneel before the playing of the national anthem in protesting racial inequality and police brutality last season brought a wave of followers and criticism.

The magazine nominated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump has nicknamed "Little Rocket Man" and who has overseen ballistic missile tests that have raised fears of a nuclear confrontation.

Kapernick is now not signed with a team, and recently filed a grievance against NFL owners, who he said blackballed him within the league. The protest continued to grow, with hundreds of National Football League players kneeling during the 2017 season. There are controversial politicians (President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un), Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, special counsel and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, and an entire social trend (The #MeToo movement).

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President Trump was named Person of the Year last year, calling it "a tremendous honor".

The #MeToo movement has gained steam in recent weeks as a growing number of people have come forward to accuse multiple public figures of sexual misconduct. "I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway", the President wrote on his personal Twitter, which has also been the source of major controversy and feuds involving him since his election.

The President of China is the country's most powerful leader in decades. He was granted a second five-year term and has been added to the Communist Party's constitution, Time reported.

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Trump was previously named Time's 2016 "Person of the Year".

Time announces Person of the Year finalists