In a campaign promise to Christian voters, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged to rid political correctness from Christmas. During a Dec. 13 rally, as president-elect, Trump made good on his pledge.
"So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say merry Christmas again," he told the crowd, notes The Hill. "Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, but Merry Christmas. And I am here today for one main reason: to say thank you to the people of Wisconsin."
At a rally in Michigan a few days earlier, Trump said the same.
"We’re gonna start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again," he said. "How about all those department stores, they have the bells and they have the red walls and they have the snow, but they don’t have 'Merry Christmas'? I think they’re gonna start putting up ‘Merry Christmas.'"
According to CNN, during an October 2015 rally in Iowa, Trump vowed to fight the so-called War on Christmas and bring religion back to the holiday.
"I'm a good Christian," Trump said. "If I become president, we're gonna be saying Merry Christmas at every store ... You can leave happy holidays at the corner."
The idea of a War on Christmas grew in popularity when John Gibson of Fox News went on the network's "The O’Reilly Factor" in November 2005 and argued that not saying “Merry Christmas” was a secular liberal scheme to “get religion out, [so] then you can pass secular progressive programs like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, and gay marriage,” notes the Harvard Business Review.
“Every time a supermarket checker or store clerk greets you with [‘Happy Holidays’] instead of ‘Merry Christmas,’ you have met another soldier in the War against Christmas.”
"Merry Christmas, everybody, Merry Christmas!" Trump told his post-election rally crowd in Michigan, reports The Hill. "Right? Merry Christmas."