A conservative activist group GOP Action has been working to catch Time Magazine’s eye in hopes that they will reconsider their shortlist for their annual “Person of the Year” contest.
Time Magazine announced their shortlist Monday morning, which included mostly political figures.
Their finalists are:
- President Donald Trump;
- “The Separated Families” from the United States border;
- Russian President Vladimir Putin;
- special counsel Robert Mueller;
- “Black Panther” creator Ryan Coogler;
- Dr. Christine Blasey Ford;
- Jamal Khashoggi;
- The “March for Our Lives” activists;
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in;
- Meghan Merkel.
Time chose to honor the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting by including the “March for Our Lives” organizers, but GOP action claims there is one particular hero from Stoneman Douglas High School that should have been honored.
They’ve created a petition to get Time Magazine to honor Peter Wang, a student who gave his life in order to allow other students to escape the gunfire.
GOP Action wrote of their campaign:
“Peter Wang was killed during the Parkland shooting while holding a door open for dozens of his classmates to escape. Peter’s dream was to serve his country as a soldier.
However, Peter has not make [sic] TIME’s Person of the Year shortlist. People like Dr. Ford, ‘separated families,’ Vladimir Putin, and the March for Our Lives Activists did.”
The petition to have Wang included in the list has gotten quite a bit of attention on Twitter.
TIME left out Peter Wang on their shortlist for Person of the Year, but included Robert Mueller, "separated families," and the March for Our Lives activists instead.
If you think this hero deserves to be on this list, sign your name:https://t.co/simSiwROUm
— Caleb Hull ???? (@CalebJHull) December 10, 2018
This isn’t the only honor people have been pushing for Wang to receive. Several of his former classmates have called on President Trump to consider Wang for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Today, I am thankful for all those who have sacrificed their lives to protect us. Among these heroes is Peter Wang, who was killed defending others on 2/14/2018 at Stoneman Douglas. I believe Peter deserves to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. https://t.co/JW5tEunete
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) November 22, 2018
Kyle Kashuv starts petition to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Parkland victim Peter Wang https://t.co/VEAflaHWxI
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) December 10, 2018
Although it is unlikely that Time will adjust their list to include Wang, it is clear that he is a hero and should be honored as such.
As IJR previously reported, Wang was awarded the JROTC Medal of Heroism for his actions.