Colin Kaepernick a finalist for Time's 2017 Person of the Year

Colin Kaepernick a finalist for Time's 2017 Person of the Year

The hashtag trended on social media for weeks as sexual harassment claims spread across Hollywood and other industries.

That is a distinct possibilty, as the magazine announced Monday on NBC's "Today" show that Kaepernick is one of 10 finalists for its prestigious annual honor.

The protests have continued to draw the ire of Trump, who views them as unpatriotic and disrespectful to the military, although the president never served.

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".

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem past year, describing it as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

Mueller was named special counsel investigating the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russian Federation and its quest to influence the 2016 presidential election. The investigation has led to charges against four individuals including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Also on the list are The Dreamers, who are at risk of being forced to leave America after Trump's White House revealed its intentions to rescind Obama's legislation protecting immigrants who came to the country as children.

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The #MeToo movement started previous year after a recording was released of Donald Trump joking about sexual assault during a taping of Access Hollywood. He's the son of Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

One of the names noticeably missing from the list was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who had been among the finalists previous year but ultimately lost out to President Trump.

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The final selection for Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday.

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