Trump's unintentionally hilarious War on Christmas victory declaration
"Whether you're Muslim, whether you're Christian, whether you're Jewish, everyone loves Christmas."
Former President Donald Trump may not have had a ton of successes during his time in office. But you gotta give him this — he guided the country to a peaceful resolution of the War on Christmas. Or so he says.
For this special holiday — I mean Christmas — edition of Public Notice, I want to take a look at a remarkable interview the former president recently did with Mike Huckabee for a special that’s been airing repeatedly on Newsmax. It would fit just as well on Comedy Central.
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If the interview aired on North Korean television, anchors there would probably blush at how fawning it is. It’s like a vignette from a cult of personality that didn’t quite take root with the American public, but is still alive and well on the fringes of MAGA media.
Fittingly for our purposes, much of Huckabee’s interview focuses on Trump’s purported victory over the forces of woke-ism in the War on Christmas. Huckabee begins by outlining a completely fabricated version of history where Americans had stopped saying “Merry Christmas” before Trump came to the rescue.
America had gone through a long period where people stopped saying “Merry Christmas.” It was all, “Happy Holidays.” You deliberately changed that, and openly said “Merry Christmas, we’re gonna say it again.” Why was that important to you?
Trump responds by asserting the country “had started with this woke” stuff, but then he made the resurrection of “Merry Christmas” one of his first priorities and turned things around.
When I started campaigning, I said, you're going to say “Merry Christmas” again, 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. But they are saying “Merry Christmas” again. We got that. That was a big part of what I was doing, and I would say it all the time during that period, that we want them to say, “Merry Christmas.” Don't shop at stores that don't say Merry Christmas, and I'll tell you we brought it back very quickly.
Mission accomplished! But there’s more. After Huckabee characterizes “Merry Christmas” as not necessarily a phrase meant to exclude anyone, but instead “a celebration of what America does at Christmas,” Trump goes further.
“Whether you're Muslim, whether you're Christian, whether you're Jewish, everyone loves Christmas,” he said, seemingly oblivious that Christmas is a Christian holiday not generally celebrated by Muslims or Jews.
Watch for yourself:
Beyond unintentionally hilarious exchanges of this sort, the interview features strange new-age piano music, the appearance of a “Be Best” Christmas ornament, and concludes on a cultish note with Huckabee telling Trump, “Mr. President, I want to say, because of you, a lot of Americans have had some great Christmases.”
“I think a lot of people are right now, saying, ‘I wish Donald Trump was president right now, this year for Christmas,’” Huckabee adds. “What a great Christmas present that would be.”
While I’m obviously having a bit of fun with this, it’s worth noting that the entire premise of this “War on Christmas” narrative is false. The phrase was actually alive and well in Obama’s America and uttered many times by the 44th president.
But in the spirit of the season, I’m willing to give Trump this one. The War on Christmas is over, and there were no American casualties — with the possible exception of our international standing as a serious country.
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That’s it for this week
From my family to yours, I’d like to wish all my wonderful readers a happy holidays and Merry Christmas (if that’s your thing).
I’m going to take a few days off to enjoy quality time with loved ones, but I’ll be back with another newsletter on Thursday, December 30. Until then, take care.