Donald Trump has promised a Christmas miracle if he becomes president.
In what appears to be an attempt to whip up support among evangelical voters in Iowa, the GOP presidential candidate told a Burlington, Iowa, crowd on Oct. 21, that, if elected, shoppers could do away with holiday political correctness and return to saying “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season.
“I'm a good Christian,” Trump said, according to CNN. “If I become president, we're gonna be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at every store ... You can leave ‘happy holidays’ at the corner.”
The remarks drew a good deal of applause, and one Trump supporter, 60-year-old Cynthia Forth, told CNN that it was just the message she was looking for.
“He actually says what I want to hear and he's not worried about telling somebody or saying it in a way that doesn't sound real,” Forth, of Crawfordsville, Iowa, said. “I want to hear [it] straight. He'll give it to you straight.”
It’s not the first time Trump has promised to spread Christmas cheer.
He brought the same message to a crowd at September’s 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., The Washington Times reported.
“The word Christmas: I love Christmas,” he said at the time. “I love Christmas. You go to stores now, you don’t see the word Christmas. It says, ‘happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’”
He added that while other people have their holidays, "Christmas is Christmas."
“The expression ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it anymore," he said. "You’re [going to] see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now.”