Remember last year when we were all living in a weird Hunger Games world where it was against the law to say "Merry Christmas"? Anytime someone said *THAT PHRASE,* they were hauled off to jail for their Christmas crime until they said "Happy Holidays" instead. You might not have noticed it, but there wasn't a single person on Earth who celebrated Christmas in 2016. Because Christmas was illegal. Wait, what's that? Christmas wasn't illegal? People were saying "Merry Christmas" and not facing any jail time whatsoever? Hm. Someone should probably let our current president know that.
On Christmas Eve, Trump tweeted the following:
That’s right, boys and girls. According to Trump, there’s been an assault on the phrase “Merry Christmas.” And Trump knows a thing or two (or 19) about assault, so he must be correct, right?
Well, not according to the rest of the Internet.
As many pointed out, people have always been free to say “Merry Christmas.” There’s no law against it. There’s no war on Christmas. Those who say there is just want something to complain about. Or, in Donald Trump’s case, they want something to take credit for. (Goodness knows he can’t take credit for much else.)
Unfortunately for Donald J. Trump, the Internet's memory is better than his. People have been saying "Merry Christmas" for pretty much ever.
In Trump’s mind, he is the first president who has been brave enough to say the words “Merry Christmas” without any fear of repercussions.
(To be fair, he seems to do pretty much everything without a thought of what the consequences could be, so he’s not totally wrong, there.)
But Trump isn't the first president to say "Merry Christmas." Here's Obama saying it back in 2009:
Ahhh, 2009. The wonderful year when Obama was in the White House and Trump was just a weird, mean guy from a reality TV show.
And Obama’s Christmas cheer didn’t stop there.
Here's a video compilation of Barack Obama wishing people a Merry Christmas throughout his entire presidency.
That’s right. Even Barack Obama — one of Trump’s least favorite people ever — freely said the words “Merry Christmas.”
Now, let’s take a look at Trump’s holiday greetings from back in 2010…