The Symbol of the Year in 2016, as voted by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates, is...
the MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hat
Donald Trump's red cap became a widely recognized symbol and effective distillation of his campaign. The slogan, first used by Ronald Reagan in 1980, defined a positional narrative: America was great, is not any more, but could be again. Reactions ranged from Hillary Clinton's ("America never stopped being great") to an AMERICA WAS NEVER GREAT hat.