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Trump has a complaint about being named 'Person of the Year

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President-elect Donald Trump may see it as "a very, very great honor" to be named Time's "Person of the Year," but that doesn't mean he's a fan of the title itself.

"They used to call it 'Man of the Year,' but they can't do that anymore," he said during a "Thank You Tour" stop in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday night. "They call it 'Person.' They want to be politically correct. That's OK."

Originally, Time's annual title for the year's most influential person was "Man of the Year," but the magazine changed it in 1999 to "Person of the Year," despite the fact that women had won the title four times before then. American socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson was named Time's "Woman of the Year" in 1936 — the first time a female was granted the title.

Throughout the campaign, Trump amassed support with his unfiltered style, frequently boasting about his ability — and willingness — to shed political correctness.

In August 2015, when Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Trump about his past comments about women during a Republican primary debate, the billionaire businessman tried to shirk the question: "I don’t, frankly, have the time for total political correctness."

And following the deadly terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, over the summer, Trump said, "We can't afford to be politically correct anymore." On the campaign trail, he frequently linked immigration issues in the U.S. to an insistence on political correctness.

Trump continued that message Thursday night in the Hawkeye State. "Immigration security is now national security. No more games. A Trump administration will always put the safety and security of the American people first," he told the crowd of supporters.

The president-elect also bemoaned Time's decision to identify him as "President of the Divided States of America."

"They talked about a divided nation on the cover, then they have to go a little bit into this stuff, a divided nation," he said. "I said, ‘I haven’t been president. What are you saying that for?’ But you know what? We’re going to bring the nation together."

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