As Eric Mack reported at Newsmax Sunday, Donald Trump told Mike Huckabee that “Americans love Christmas,” in the hour-long Newsmax special, “Christmas in America,” which will air for the first time Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET.
“And whether you’re Muslim, whether you’re Christian, whether you’re Jewish, everyone loves Christmas, and they’d say, ‘Merry Christmas’ until these crazy people came along, and they wanted to stop it, along with everything else,” the president added.
As the former president, and likely 2024 third time contender for the Oval Office recounted to Huckabee in the interview for the special, along with the “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan he cribbed from Ronald Reagan (leaving off the “Let’s” from Reagan’s version to shorten it in the spirit of the Twitter era of U.S. politics), his 2015 foray into presidential politics also included a campaign to remind Americans that it’s okay to say “Merry Christmas!”
Trump recalled how America “had started with this ‘woke’ a little bit” around. He began seriously considering running for president. Major corporate chains were afraid to say “Merry Christmas!” because it might offend someone or be alienating in some way. As Trump retells it, many big brands thought it “was embarrassing” to say, “Merry Christmas!”
The 45th president was a lifelong Presbyterian, who told Religion News Service in October 2020 that he became a non-denominational Christian while president, after visiting many of the world’s churches and losing his partiality to the one he grew up in:
“I now consider myself to be a non-denominational Christian. Melania and I have gotten to visit some amazing churches and meet with great faith leaders from around the world.”
But as he told Mike Huckabee for the Newsmax special, Christmas isn’t about setting one religion apart from another. Anyone can enjoy it and spread good cheer by wishing others a merry one. It’s fun. There are lights and decorations, sweaters, food, and drinks. There’s candy. There are presents. There are parties. And there are just people in the northern hemisphere being extra nice to each other while it’s the darkest, coldest time of the year, to make it cozier and the time people look forward to most.
Anyone crapping on that is just one of those Grinches or Scrooges disguised as a political or social activist.
Trump did have one grievance to air out, though amid the good cheer. People aren’t reading up on the Founding Generation’s texts enough and have no idea how to think like the people who started this great nation: “And now people are saying it, of course, they’re not saying a lot of other things, like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, you know those names are being obliterated because of craziness.”
That might be how they got so confused that they think it’s cute or cool or funny or even, Lord loves them, maybe even righteous and Godly to try to cancel Christmas!