Donald Trump's Interior Secretary Just Called Trump 'The Man Who Brought Christmas Back' and People Are Roasting Him Hard

At the White House's annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Wednesday night, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had the honor of introducing President Donald Trump, and he did it in the exact way Trump would want him to...

As:


"the man who brought Christmas back to America!"

You can watch the clip below: 

Christmas, of course, has not actually gone anywhere, as social media was quick to point out.

And wait, what about that Trump Organization "Holiday Party"!?

The Twitter mockery did not let up.

Credit where credit is due:

In 2017, Zinke gave Trump a nearly identical introduction when he referred to the president as "the man who brought Christmas back to the nation's capital."

This is ironic, because Trump has been clear about his favorite places to celebrate Christmas, or whatever it is that he does.

On Christmas Eve last year, Trump gave himself credit for reinvigorating the phrase, "Merry Christmas."

"People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again," Trump tweeted. "I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!"

Shortly after he was elected in 2016, Trump patted himself on the back for American consumer Christmas spending and for saving the planet from being "gloomy."

"The world was gloomy before I won - there was no hope," Trump boasted. "Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!"

Speaking of gloomy, the mood in the White House has been darkening because of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's encroaching investigation into Trump's ties to Russia and obstruction of justice.

Zinke is also the subject of multiple federal corruption probes.

In these dark times, some are struggling to find any yuletide cheer around the White House.

Here's a video compilation of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle wishing the country a Merry Christmas, just so our bases are covered.

Good grief.

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Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.

The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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