Fox News host Sean Hannity drew heavy fire on Twitter Wednesday night after he declared that Christmas has been “politicized” and is therefore “under siege.”
#HANNITY,” he wrote, “we’ll expose how Christmas is being politicized.”
In a second tweet, Hannity said: “CHRISTMAS IS UNDER SIEGE. A Massachusetts church puts baby Jesus in a cage to make a political statement. Watch NOW!”
The source of Hannity’s ire was a church in Massachusetts whose nativity scene features baby Jesus and the three wise men in a cage.
“Peace on Earth?” adorns the display outside Saint Susanna’s Church in Dedham. Last year, the church posted the names of towns and the number of victims in each that fell victim to mass shootings.
The church’s pastor, Steve Josoma, told Boston25 the scene is meant to get people talking.
“Sixty-five million refugees worldwide seeking a better way of life,” Josoma said, “and we were wondering what that might look like 2,000 years ago if this family encountered the same dynamics that are taking place in our country right now.”
In Hannity’s mind, the church has declared war on Christmas.
Watch the full episode here. The church segment begins at 27:10.
Twitter turned it around, declaring Hannity as the one politicizing the holiday.
Client number 3 declares war on Christmas
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 6, 2018
Jesus, Mary and Joesph, it’s you and your employer! You lot are politicizing Christmas!
— LucindaLC (@LucindaLC) December 6, 2018
By you politicizing it? You've really got a good chicken and egg thing going on here.
— Drinks With Josh – America's Favorite Podcast (@DrinksWithJosh) December 6, 2018
Oh, a behind the scene look at Fox “News”?
— 🏳️🌈 David Lytle 🏳️🌈 (@davitydave) December 6, 2018
Careful Sean, you’re not allowed to expose yourself at work anymore
— alt_labor (@alt_labor) December 6, 2018
Starting with your “news” broadcast.
— David Neal (@dave_doors) December 6, 2018
By Republicans!! They have shown time and time again that they use the Bible at ther convenience, the don’t follow Jesus teachings.
— Angie (@angierrv) December 6, 2018
TONIGHT ON #HANNITY… We'll spend fifteen minutes politicizing Christmas by exposing how Christmas is being politicized.
— Frodo "Beat Sauron at the Ballot Box" Baggins (@LogicHobbit) December 6, 2018
Tonight on Hannity:
Hannity will be politicizing Christmas.
— Linda (@HexDivine) December 6, 2018
Hannity’s argument makes no sense.
There are so few days anymore where anything you say is news worthy.
— Beth-Ane Dorst (@Tat2edGran) December 6, 2018
Relax cowboy, it's not a real baby.
— Beel (@tomservo10) December 6, 2018
I don’t think Ive laughed so hard from a tweet. May be my favorite tweet, ever. What a time to be alive.
— Aaron Kapps (@handikapps) December 6, 2018
Hannity does not appear to care that the nativity scene is depicting the actions of the United States government under President Donald Trump, who implemented a family separation policy earlier this year at the southern border.
The policy resulted in thousands of children getting ripped away from their parents and locked in cages at various detention centers across the Southwest.
Twitter was not about to let Hannity off the hook.