Tuesday at a stop on his “Thank You” tour in West Allis, WI, President-elect Donald Trump opened up his appearance by fulfilling a campaign promise regarding the use of “Merry Christmas” as a holiday greeting. “So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say merry Christmas again,” Trump said. “Merry Christmas — so, merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, but Merry Christmas. And I am here today for one main reason: to say thank you to the people of Wisconsin.”
A different take from Slate:
Donald Trump appeared in Wisconsin on Tuesday for one of the series of rallies that he’s apparently calling the “Merry Christmas USA Thank You Tour 2016.” He’s standing in front of six Christmas trees. So now the phrase Merry Christmas, thanks to the long-running far-right “War on Christmas” conspiracy theory—which was invented by the white-nationalist John Birch Society in 1959—has been officially weaponized into the partisan slogan of a president elected on a wave of hateful rhetoric about, among others, refugees. Truly, it’s what a Middle Eastern Jew who was born in a barn because no one else would take his parents in would have wanted.