Donald Trump: It’s time to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again

Donald Trump repeated his oft-promised return to traditional beliefs last week, vowing to instil ‘Merry Christmas’ back into American discourse.

Trump became the first sitting President to address the staunchly conservative Values Voters Summit on Friday, branded a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center, as he ran through his achievements for conservative evangelicals.

Donald Trump became the first sitting President to address the highly conservative Values Voter SummitReuters

‘I pledged that in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before,’ he said. ‘Above all else in America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.’

Echoing an argument conservatives regularly make for America’s Christian roots, Trump noted there are four references to a ‘creator’ in the Declaration of Independence, saying ‘our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights’.

He told a cheering crowd: ‘They don’t use the word “Christmas” because it’s not politically correct.

He said. ‘Well guess what? We’re saying “Merry Christmas” again.’

It is not the first time Trump has used the call to say ‘Merry Christmas’ as a reminder to his conservative evangelical base that he is on their side. As far back as 2015, he used the pledge in the run-up to the 2016 election.

@JenniferJJacobs: Trump: “Protect the 2nd amendment…And by the way we’re going to be saying Merry Christmas again.” Iowa crowd LOVES it.”

 

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