Donald Trump Literally (& Hypocritically) Promises to Save Christmas

"Remember the expression 'Merry Christmas?'... You're gonna see it if I get elected. I can tell you right now."


Speaking at the Values Voter Summit on September 25, 2015, Donald Trump launched a counteroffensive on The War on Christmas:

"The word Christmas. I love Christmas. You go to stores now and you don't see the word Christmas. It says 'Happy Holidays' all over. I say, 'Where's Christmas?' I tell my wife, 'Don't go to those stores.'

"I want to see Christmas. No, I want to see Christmas…. Other people can have their holidays, but Christmas is Christmas. I want to see Merry Christmas. Remember the expression 'Merry Christmas'? You don't see it anymore. You're gonna see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now."

Despite his insistence that he wants to see Merry Christmas widely used and that he tells his wife not to patronize businesses that substitute phrases such as Happy Holidays, Trump and his own establishments routinely opt for just such secular wording.

Nonetheless, the religious conservatives attending the Values Voter Summit received Trump's campaign promise warmly. They also applauded his statement that

"This is going to be an election based on competence.We need—now—competence."

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  1. Of course Trump would support the revisionist, anti-American, politically correct holiday of ‘Christmas’ over the glorious debauchery of Saturnalia. Come on Trump, MAKE AMERICA/ROME GREAT AGAIN.

    “This is going to be an election based on competence.We need?now?competence.”

    Which is why every time someone asks Trump to establish an actual policy platform rather than vague whining about the culture war and immigration, he comes off as uninformed, ignorant and utterly moronic.

    1. Always nonspecific BS that most of the politicians like to feed us every election cycle. Why can no on see through his craziness

  2. So, the guy who wants to increase taxes on the wealthy, and implement penalty taxes if you are a U.S. Company who built plants in another country LEADS in the polls among Republicans. Leads!

    You can complain all you want about Trump, but your real problem is with all those Republicans who think the rich should be taxed more. Hilarious.

    1. I’m convinced his plan is to get as many low-info voters from both parties as possible.

      1. It may be his plan, but right now he already has about a quarter of the GOP vote

        Here is the fear at Reason…that as other candidates drop out, Trump will still lead. Even if it’s only two left. It’s why they run article after article slamming him. And they’re seeing a party that suddenly doesn’t mind increasing taxes on the rich.

        1. “And they’re seeing a party that suddenly doesn’t mind increasing taxes on the rich.”

          It does kind of blow a hole in that left wing meme that all Republicans care about is cutting taxes, doesn’t it.

          1. It sure does.

            1. If it happens.

        2. And they’re seeing a party that suddenly doesn’t mind increasing taxes on the rich.

          According to recent polls, Trump is now tied for the lead with Carson. I think his small decrease in the polls is partly due to his fiscal views coming out.

    2. Nuance and critical thinking don’t win over voters. Voters want cake. Preferably one that someone was forced to bake at gunpoint.

      1. Coercion: It’s what’s for dessert!

    3. Except the Trump fans I’ve talked to don’t even talk about his wealth redistribution ethos, they’re just completely obsessed with immigration.

      That completely destroys your theory because the Trumpistas don’t care about taxes whatsoever and that’s not why they’re voting for him. I know you’re not smart, Joe, but this is just way too easy.

      He’s a cult of personality. What he actually says beyond whining about people being mean to him and the Mexicans are takin’ err jerbs is pretty irrelevant to his fans.

      1. You’re a very dumb man, Joe.

        I just thought I’d reiterate so you don’t think I’ve forgotten in the minute between these posts.

      2. Watch out, Irish. Your GOP underwear is showing.

    4. Although:

      You can complain all you want about Trump, but your real problem is with all those Republicans

      Yes, my problem is with the semi-literate, uber-nationalist crazies who want to vote for Trump. The fact that you think these nutjobs possibly supporting your tax plan speaks well of you is hilarious. If I found out the Trumpistas supported something I support, I’d actually begin to question whether I was wrong the whole time.

      1. It actually speaks well of a minimum of 25% of the GOP. Bernie Sanders thinks uber nationalism is a problem that led to the Iraq disaster.

        You and Bernie, Irish! Who woulda thunk it! The sandersnistas support something you support. Uh oh.

    5. Republicans are little more than democrats with bibles. Same animal from a different perspective using the same unconstitutional means to gain different goals.

  3. Feliz Navidad 2 U Don John Boy!

  4. He has an impressive mastery of all of the dumber conservative tropes, I’ll give him that.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with disliking the multiculturalism/PC-ification of holidays. I understand the sentiment. But for a sizable number of conservatives it’s their “war on women”. Like there’s some government conspiracy to make Christmas illegal.

  5. He might have a point if Christmas were just the one day instead of the months-long monstrosity it is. Lots of other religions’ holidays happen during our Christmas.

    1. Christmas is a much bigger tradition and holiday to a lot more people than any of the others. I know you want to stamp out things like that as they don’t fit well with your Soviet/Maoist Worker’s Paradiseyou hope to inflict on real !Americans, and the world. But people love Christmas, except for Marxist Atheist assholes. Hell, even a lot of non Marxist atheists enjoy Chrostmas.

      1. I’m an atheist and I love Christmas, or rather, the pagan winter solstice festival celebrated by European peoples, that Christmas was intentionally built upon. I use the name “Christmas” for ease of conversation. But my Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus, so my Christmas is even more Christmassy than Christian Christmas.

      2. I hate Christmas but that is beside the point. Christians should reject the whiny persecution complex condescension on the part of Bill O’Reilly and ilk. And those who truly don’t think they are quite dominant enough in the month of December should go to a mental institution.

        It is a real phenomenon, and one we should pay attention to when having these conversations, that totally dominant groups can feel actually persecuted by the slightest challenge to that total dominance. That impulse should be checked for the bigoted exclusionary nonsense it is.

    2. I thought we were supposed to share the Xmas Spirit all year round!

  6. Does Trump have some kind of mind control over conservatives? He has no known conservative values, with the exception of bashing liberals and foreigners, and yet every time he sticks his foot in his mouth the red meat base goes wild. Trump has spoken in favor of single payer health care, higher taxes on producers, trade restrictions and trade wars, contributed to Hillary Clinton, capital controls and on and on but it doesn’t matter because he is going to save Christmas.

    1. Substance detracts from buzzword bingo.

  7. “It is indeed difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville

    1. +1 Libertarian Paternalism

  8. As an aside I’ve always found it interesting that we obsess over the ‘Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays’ stuff but don’t seem to give a shit that our months are mostly named after Romano-pagan gods and concepts (or in the case of July and August, named after deified human beings) and our weekdays are mostly named after Germanic paganism. You’d think some fundamentalist Christian would have got around to complaining about that.

    1. Happy Trump Day!

    2. Happy Trump Day!

    3. I rather enjoy the last half of the year, with its Roman-based numbering that’s now off by two.

      1. Yeah, I never understood why January and February were added at the beginning of the calendar, rather than the end.

    4. What are you, a Quaker or something?

    5. Please, don’t tell them. It will be our secret conspiracy besides, I do Christmas in July when all the Christmas stuff is on sale. Shouldn’t Christmas be in March or April–I forget.

  9. Happy Trumpmas!

  10. I think you people at USA Today are just jealous of Ross Perot’s popularity and looking to nitpick. Whoopsie, I just noticed the header says Trump, sorry. Trump it is then. Why don’t you run your own candidates if you’re so smart? Whoops, the header says Reason… same difference… These stories all look, sound and read alike to me.

  11. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is wha- I do…… ??????

  12. If I’m elected, I will declare Christmas EVERYDAY!!!

  13. “You go to stores now and you don’t see the word Christmas. ”

    Because it’s September you idiot!

    And now when December comes he’s going to take credit for every Christmas decoration, isn’t he.

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