Newsweek published an article on Sunday, absurdly claiming that Trump’s use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” is an attempt to promote “White Nationalism.”
Nevermind the fact that Christmas has absolutely nothing to do with race, but rather the birth of Jesus. How could Trump’s proper use of the term “Christmas” be a racist call?
The article read, “How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas to Promote White Nationalism.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
The author and several academics link Trump’s repeated Christmas wishes to a desire to exclude other religions and foment a culture war.
The article goes on to accuse Trump of “weaponizing” Christmas and draws parallels with the Nazis.
Trump’s rhetoric differs from that of Nazi Germany’s, most notably because he has never advocated for genocide. But Trump’s talk about Christmas coexists with reemerging white identity politics, experts say.
“Committed white nationalists love Trump’s bring back Christmas campaign almost as much as evangelicals,” Dr. Randy Blazak, a sociology professor who studies white nationalism, told Newsweek. “His followers see this as gospel and a rebuking of multiculturalism and political correctness, and the growing influence of Jews, Muslims, atheists and other non-WASPs.”
Evangelical pastor Franklin Graham has praised President Trump for bringing Christ back into Christmas.
Graham claims that what Trump is doing is important because “Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ, and that’s what we’re all celebrating.”
“Christmas is all about Christ,” Graham continued “I’m so excited that the president isn’t afraid to mention the name of Jesus Christ.”
“This was a nation that was born for religious freedom,” he added.
In a Christmas Eve video conference with U.S. service members, the president wished them a Merry Christmas and added that “we say Christmas again very proudly.”
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