President Donald Trump offered yet another strangely out-of-season shoutout to Christmas on Wednesday night and once again took credit for people saying “Merry Christmas.”
Speaking at an interfaith dinner ahead of Thursday’s National Day of Prayer, Trump said:
“Now everyone’s very proud to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again. There was a time when we went shopping and you wouldn’t see ‘Merry Christmas’ on the stores, you’d see a red wall and it wouldn’t say that, it would say ‘Happy Holidays’ or something, but it wouldn’t say ’Merry Christmas.’ We’re back to saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again in this country and that’s something I consider a great achievement because it really spells out what’s happening.”
Trump has made ‘Merry Christmas’ a regular talking point, even outside of the holiday season. He’s brought it up in October and in July of both 2017 and 2018.
The random May Day shoutout to a holiday still 238 days off had Twitter users ready to wreck the halls:
I’m still afraid to say it. Are we sure it’s safe? I’m worried about what will happen if I say merry Christmas in America in 2019. Like, the elves? Will they come for me? Will Santa bring me coal in my stocking? It’s a big risk. I’m gonna say happy birthday, Jesus instead I think https://t.co/NDDHB8GVTC
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) May 1, 2019
It comes from his mouth.
It’s all on repeat: Merry Christmas as well as Hillary emails and the immigrant crime wave.
Some things should *not* be recycled or reused; they should be shot into a black hole and let some other dimension have to deal with it.
— Robert Longman (@rlongman1) May 2, 2019
Haha. His great achievement. But of course it is.
— Sandra Dee (@flyingbuttons) May 2, 2019
In May, Trump is talking about saying Merry Christmas in May. 🤦🏻♀️
— Tooey (@SueRic2) May 1, 2019
Totally tone deaf when he brings up ‘Merry Christmas’ on a day celebrating ALL religions through a National Day of prayer. ‘Season’s Greetings’ is used in order to make everyone feel welcome during their holiday season. https://t.co/qqECYrp5eG
— Irlandia (@Irlandia) May 1, 2019
I haven’t heard anybody say Merry Christmas in months
— Dan Crenshaw, Explainer of Anti-Semitism (@norm_dagaire) May 2, 2019
When are we going to let all those people imprisoned for saying Merry Christmas walk free?
— Machine Pun Kelly (@KellyScaletta) May 1, 2019