As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to indict his friends and colleagues, Donald Trump is again making sure everyone knows that he’s made it safe to say “Merry Christmas” again.
During an appearance Monday in Utah, Trump patted himself on the back so hard that he nearly left bruises, declaring:
“Remember I said we’re bringing Christmas back? Christmas is back, bigger and better than ever before. We’re bringing Christmas back.”
Did it go somewhere? Was there some proclamation that said it was illegal to celebrate Christmas before Trump became president? If so, no one bothered to announce it, and we all continued to celebrate the way we always have.
As you might expect, Congressional Republicans are delighted by Trump’s pro-Christmas rhetoric, even though all of his predecessors were known to wish a very Merry Christmas to the country. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) was effusive with his praise of Trump:
“I think it’s great that we have a president who expresses support for Christmas, and I welcome his doing so.”
Lamborn, who has introduced a resolution in the House to “protect” Christmas, couldn’t resist taking a potshot at anyone who refuses to recognize the holidays as Christmas:
“Unfortunately, there are some Grinches out there who oppose Christmas, and I think it’s great for Congress to make a positive declaration that Christmas is a part of our national life. It’s been a federal holiday since the year 1870, and people should freely enjoy, if they so choose, to express themselves as being in favor of Christmas.”
But Trump’s insistence that those who own stores should be forced to recognize Christmas doesn’t sit well with some. Rob Boston, communications director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, commented:
“People have to realize that there are certain limitations when it comes to what the government can do in acknowledging a religious holiday, and I’ve never understood to begin with why people expect the government to be the vehicle to promote the religious aspects of Christmas.”
Boston added that he thought the continual whining about a war on Christmas is a way of conveying a much different message:
“I think what a lot of times people are saying when they complain about a ‘war on Christmas,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘I am not comfortable with some of the changes that have occurred in this country.'”
But according to Trump and Fox News, the war is real, and they intend to right all the wrongs. If only they were so insistent about our leaders telling the truth. They’re going to be upset when they find out the real history of Christmas and where the traditions came from.
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