At the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, President Trump trumpeted that he had fulfilled his campaign promise to “start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” Then in Missouri this week, Trump once again said that now that he’s president, Christmas is back:
With Trump as your president, we are going to be celebrating “Merry Christmas” again, and it’s going to be done with a big, beautiful tax cut.
He has said explicitly that under President Obama, we “weren’t allowed” to say this dreaded words “Merry Christmas.”
On MSNBC, on All In with Chris Hayes, Hayes said,
As we approach the end of the year we got to thinking, “Did Donald Trump really bring Christmas Back to the White House?”
Then he played an extended clip of the Obamas repeatedly saying “Merry Christmas.” It was masterful:
Many people have already praised the Trumps for bringing back Christmas because their Christmas card says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” and they’re displaying a nativity scene in the White House.
Some of those who share President Trump’s view of the previous administration point to the Obama White House’s official holiday cards that read “Happy Holidays.” Former Rep. Joe Walsh, who is now a conservative pundit, tweeted Wednesday:
This week NPR fact-checked Trump’s claim that the White House didn’t say “Merry Christmas” during Obama’s presidency. They found that the claim was completely bogus.
In fact, in his weekly address on Christmas Eve 2016, literally the first words out of the former president’s mouth were: “Merry Christmas, everybody.”