In 2016, Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality sparked a social movement. Robert Mueller's name has been in the news nearly daily since he was appointed as special counsel after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. The protests have swept the National Football League this year and have even drawn attention from the President of the United States.
One possible (and deserving) victor of the title that isn't technically a person is the #MeToo movement, which began during the 2016 election when it was revealed that then-candidate Trump had admitted on tape to sexually assaulting women, but really picked up steam in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the country as children, are at risk of deportation if the government's Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program ends next year.
The participants of the #MeToo movement, which seeks to fight the sexual harassment and assault scandals taking place in Hollywood and beyond, were also named finalists.
The final shortlist candidate is not a person but a movement: The #MeToo movement.
Founder and CEO of Amazon - a company that has upended the retail sector and the entire economy - Bezos recently became the richest man on the planet, CNBC reports. Other players followed, and President Trump supercharged the controversy.
Patty Jenkins, who directed "Wonder Woman", is the lone woman on the list, not including the groups that were nominated. The box-office smash "Wonder Woman" was hailed as a meaningful step forward for the representation of women in media.
All things considered, Trump is probably a strong contender for the distinction, given that the award goes to, according to Time, "the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse". Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin are among its controversial selections in the past. The title was changed in 1982 to "Machine of the Year" for the computer.
This Year's TIME Person of the Year will truly be a summation of 2017.