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Trump Says Stores Will Use 'Merry Christmas' If Elected, But Botches Bible Reference

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made an appeal to win over Sen. Ted Cruz’s evangelical support base by promising that stores would say ‘Merry Christmas’ if he’s elected.

“If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me,” Trump said at Liberty University, according to the Daily Caller. 

“I’ll give you an example. You go into a department store now, right,” he said. “When was the last time you saw ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it any more. They want to be politically correct. If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me, believe me. You’re going to see it.”

“You’re going to see a lot of things. You’re going to see beyond. You’re going to see a lot of things but that’s one example. You go shopping today, you hardly see it anymore. You hardly see anything. You see a wall that’s painted red. Oh, great, that’s wonderful. We’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has raised the issue of holiday greetings, but he may have botched his bid for support from the Christian right in the same speech by misquoting The Bible, Seattle Pi reported.

“We’re going to protect Christianity,” Trump said. "I can say that. I don’t have to be politically correct. Two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ball game . . . Is that the one you like?”

The Bible passage Trump was referring to is actually “Second Corinthians” - not “two Corinthians,” despite declaring in Iowa earlier this month that he’s an evangelical Presbyterian Christian. 

Sources: Daily Caller, Seattle Pi Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr