President Trump keeps Tweeting “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” and saying he “led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase.” But is it true?
The “war on Christmas,” a phrase invented by Bill O’Reilly in 2004, designates the holiday as endangered, with even “Merry Christmas” banned, and calls the Christian faithful to fight to defend it. Despite evidence showing no laws infringing on any individual’s rights to celebrate Christmas, the phrase remains a rallying cry for conservative Christians.
So where did President Trump serve during this proverbial war? It turns out Vietnam may not be the only war he missed.
In the 1980s, Donald Trump bought an old apartment building across the street from Central Park in New York that he wanted torn down to rebuild as a high-rent tower. When elderly residents wouldn’t move out voluntarily, Trump hired a management company to run the building into the ground — a well documented tactic of real estate developers dealing with tenants in buildings they want vacated.
While Trump threatened to house homeless people in the building to frighten the tenants, his contracted management company covered windows in tin and forbade Christmas decorations in the lobby. It was probably the least of residents’ concerns, but Donald Trump banned Christmas, trees or any other decorations, in 1981 and 1982.
From 2009 to 2013, Donald Trump used the term “holiday” in lieu of “Christmas” in his own greetings.
From Donald Trump: Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday & a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. Let’s think like champions in 2010!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2009
Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2010
My new book #TimeToGetTough is the best present of the holiday season. A great gift for anyone who cares about this country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2011
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2012
Young Entrepreneurs – the Holiday season is here but that is no excuse not to stay on top of your business prospects. Focus!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2013
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