It has been a tough year for frontline health care workers as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and Time added insult to injury by naming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Person of the Year for 2020.
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2020
Besides the frontline health care workers, others on the shortlist included President Donald Trump and the movement for racial justice.
In the end, politics triumphed over the sacrifices of the men and women who have tirelessly worked- – and in some instances died — treating those that have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus.
Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal explained why Biden and Harris were given this honor.
“For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year.”
Yet in a year in which more than 290,000 Americans and nearly 1.6 million worldwide have died from Covid-19, honoring the health care workers would appear to be a no-brainer and something that readers of Time could relate to more easily than Biden or Harris who did little more than campaign promising to reverse Trump-era policies.