Donald Trump addressed the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit and, predictably, reached for perhaps the single most ridiculous bit of pandering he’s done since entering politics: the “war on Christmas.” It was the usual mix of lying and stupidity.
“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct,” he said to strong applause and cheers from the audience at the Christian public policy conference, sponsored by the Family Research Council.
“You go to department stores and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ or they’ll say other things and it’ll be red, they’ll have it painted. But they don’t say — well guess what? We’re saying merry Christmas again.”
Oh yes, who can forget all the people rounded up and thrown in prison for saying Merry Christmas, in clear violation of Obama’s Political Correctness Act of 2011. This, of course, drew wild cheers from the audience of slack-jawed dullards in the audience, so eager to have their dreams of persecution validated without having to handle any actual persecution. Never mind that, if Trump’s claims were true in th slightest, he would be one of the people he is now dishonestly speaking out against:
Imagine for a moment being so gullible that you could actually believe the following things:
That Trump is a Christian in any meaningful sense at all, or cares even the tiniest little bit about religion and morality.
That there was actually some sort of plot to stop people from saying Merry Christmas.
That Trump has reversed that reality by doing absolutely nothing.
If you’re dumb enough to believe those things, then…well, you’re also dumb enough to believe that the world is 6000 years old; that evolution is a satanic plot to destroy God; that global warming is a Chinese hoax; that thousands of Muslims celebrated 9/11 in New Jersey and Trump watched it from his apartment window; that the unemployment rate during the Obama administration was a giant lie but the unemployment rate now, measured precisely the same way, is proof that Trump is reviving the economy; that the stock market during the Obama administration was a bubble on the verge of bursting but is now totally legitimate even though the bubble is even bigger; that the Iran deal is the worst agreement ever negotiated by this country; and so on, and so on. In other worse, if you’re dumb enough to believe such a thing, the Values Voters Summit is exactly where you belong.