On Christmas the Republican National Convention put a Christmas message on their website. How nice, right? Well…
Here is the statement:
“Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.”
Notice the bolded words. Later, the RNC tried to backtrack, saying there was no talk of Trump being a king, but anyone who understands the most basic English sentence structure knows that is complete and utter bull.
Maybe the RNC isn’t aware, but Trump isn’t the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the United States of America doesn’t elect a king.
Legendary Newsman Dan Rather explains the problem with this statement in a short but potent Facebook post:
I am sorry to break the Christmas spirit, but a colleague brought the issue of GOP Chairman Reince Priebus’ Christmas message to my attention and, even on a holiday – news is news.
The controversial part of the message reads:
“Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”
Many on social media reacted in outrage to what they read as an equation of Donald Trump to Jesus. A few hours later CNN reported “RNC spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the reference had nothing to do with Trump. ‘Christ is the King in the Christian faith.'”
I am just not sure how one would explain the word “new” in the quote.
Reince Priebus and the RNC aren’t the only crazy right wingers making completely absurd and delusional statements this holiday season. On Sunday, Jerry Falwell Jr. told Fox News “There’s a new hope, an optimism. There’s a good spirit in America…and I think it’s coming from his (Trump’s) lead.”
I’m not sure what America you live in, Mr. Falwell, but it’s not based in reality. American conservatives are reaching a level of delusion that we may never have seen in our history.