TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World list was released, and liberals aren't keen on all of the people who made it. Rather, they're upset Republicans are in positions of power and are actually making things happen in the nation and across the globe. As gossip maven Perez Hilton wrote, "Unfortunately, it's a sad (SAD!) reality that Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner top the list of the year's most influential people. Sigh."
Here are four entries that liberals wish hadn't made it:
Paul Ryan, writing about Donald Trump:
"He always finds a way to get it done. When so many, including me at times, didn't see how he could pull it off, Donald Trump won a historic victory. And in becoming the 45th President of the United States, he completely rewrote the rules of politics and reset the course of this country. A businessman always willing to challenge convention, he has shaken up Washington and laid out an agenda of generational proportions. Never afraid of a battle, he has made it his mission to fight for those who feel forgotten. Where others would pivot, he stays true to who he is. Where others would turn back, he forges ahead. Up close, I have found a driven, hands-on leader, with the potential to become a truly transformational American figure. I have little doubt that he will, once again, find a way to defy the odds and get it done."
Wendi Murdoch, writing about Ivanka Trump:
"Ivanka continues to earn my respect and admiration for how she has chosen to use her new visibility. She has long advocated to empower women and girls and is now leading education initiatives and working to put an end to human trafficking. I am deeply impressed by her courage to leave behind life as she knew it and move her young family to Washington to pursue positive change."
Michael Duffy, writing about Stephen Bannon:
"Stephen Bannon may no longer function as the 45th President's chief strategist, but no one else had as much influence on Donald Trump's general-election campaign and first two months in office. The U.S. Navy and Goldman Sachs refugee has been the new Administration's chief narrative officer, nursing an angry, nationalist, America-first flame that set both Republicans and Democrats on their heels; attacked elite institutions in government, business and the media; and thoroughly delighted Trump's aging, white and disaffected base. Bannon's story line, which he nurtured for years as boss of the Breitbart news enterprise, gave the Trump White House a clear (if counterproductive) purpose for about 75 days. But then Trump realized that rather than scoring legislative victories, Bannon was doing little more than alienating voters outside Trump's base and getting way too much attention along the way. For Trump, it was too disruptive."
Henry Kissinger, writing about Jared Kushner
"This space has been traversed for nearly four months by Jared Kushner, whom I first met about 18 months ago, when he introduced himself after a foreign policy lecture I had given. We have sporadically exchanged views since. As part of the Trump family, Jared is familiar with the intangibles of the President. As a graduate of Harvard and NYU, he has a broad education; as a businessman, a knowledge of administration. All this should help him make a success of his daunting role flying close to the sun."
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