Jeff Bezos, Patty Jenkins, The Dreamers, Colin Kaepernick, Kim Jong Un, Robert Mueller, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump all made the shortlist of candidates for the publication’s 2017 Person Of The Year. In the end, it wasn’t one person that snagged the honor, it was a group of brave individuals– the Silence Breakers.
“These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought,” the publication writes.
The group includes #MeToo creator Tarana Burke, Ashley Judd, Selma Blair, Taylor Swift, Alyssa Milano, Terry Crews, Megyn Kelly along with numerous others who’ve come forward to talk about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
“This is the fastest moving social change that we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage of hundreds of women, and some men, too, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault,” TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said on the TODAY show after unveiling the cover.
Felsenthal also addressed Trump’s claims that he had secured the honor for the second year in a row. If you recall, POTUS 45 tweeted that the publication called him to say he was “probably” going to get it, “But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway.” Turns out it was fake news, but Trump did secure runner-up status. Felsenthal explains below.
“He’s No. 2 on our list because he has changed the very nature of the presidency and the way the White House functions,” Felsenthal said. “He is on the verge of a first major legislative victory, he’s reshaping the judiciary [system], and aggressively rolling back regulations. The tweet that he sent wasn’t correct. In fact, we did the photo shoot for the reveal we’re about to [show] five days before the tweet. We didn’t say ‘probably,’ but you know how it goes.”
To read the entire cover piece, head over to TIME.