On Friday, President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to speak at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
The summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as an anti-LGBT and anti-Islam hate group. If there's one thing Trump knows how to do (and honestly, we're still not sure there is), it's play to the religious right. So that's exactly what he did on Friday.
During his speech at the Values Voter Summit, Trump said that "we are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values."He then went on to talk about how people are afraid of saying "Merry Christmas" because it's "not politically correct." "Well, guess what?" Trump asked his audience. "We're saying 'Merry Christmas' again." The crowd went wild. They were probably thinking something along the lines of this: "Finally! Someone is protecting the Judeo-Christian values we all care about so much." Yeah. About that.
"Merry Christmas!" isn't really a big thing with the Judeo half of Judeo-Christians.
don't use the term "judeo-christian." it's not a thing. not for values, not for traditions, not for anything. it doesn't exist.— the otter of my own fat (@the otter of my own fat)1507920968.0
People were quick to point out that Trump himself could use a lesson in the values he's claiming to defend.
As a rabbi, I’ll A) note that “Judeo-Christian” isn’t a thing & B) ask Trump to defend my values by welcoming stra… https://t.co/0FVvhIwuQu— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg)1508124239.0
Oh yeah, also, there IS no war on Christmas.Some people celebrate Christmas. They are free to do so. Some people choose not to celebrate Christmas. They are free to do so. Just sip your cocoa and build your snowmen and let people live their lives.
Anyway, it's not even Halloween yet. Let's defend one holiday at a time, eh?
I hate when politicians start talking about the War on Christmas before the War on Halloween is even over. https://t.co/06Ph54JhQZ— Anthony Zurcher (@Anthony Zurcher)1507905948.0