Corey Lewandowski, who has served as a formal and informal advisor to Preisdent-elect Donald Trump, announced Dec. 6 that Americans can now say "Merry Christmas" thanks to the election of Trump (video below).
Lewandowski made his declaration while being interview by Fox News host Sean Hannity:
And all the extra jobs that go along with that, which means a great Christmas, which you can say again, "Merry Christmas," because Donald Trump is now the president. You can say it again. It's OK to say. It's not a pejorative word anymore.
People were allowed to say "Merry Christmas" long before Trump's election, but Lewandowski may have been referring to Trump's campaign promise from November 2015 when he spoke about Starbucks ending its Christmas-themed coffee cups, noted CNN (video below):
I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don't know. Seriously, I don't care. By the way, that's the end of that lease, but who cares? Who cares? Who cares?
But today a big story that Starbucks is taking "Merry Christmas" off. No "Merry Christmas." I will tell you, lots of big things, lots of little things, you can call this anything you want. But if I become president, we're all going to be saying "Merry Christmas" again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you.
Trump made a similar promise during a speech at Liberty University earlier this year, reports The Washington Post:
When was the last time you saw "Merry Christmas?" You don’t see it anymore. They want to be politically correct. If I’m president, you will see "Merry Christmas" in department stores, believe me, believe me.
Trump did not say how he was going to force businesses to display "Merry Christmas" in their stores, but The Washington Post notes that Trump was likely making the (unenforceable) promise to woo conservative Christian voters:
Many of Trump’s promises, including his emphasis on "Merry Christmas" included direct appeals to religious voters, especially to evangelical voters who came out and voted overwhelmingly in favor of him.
His spiritual cabinet during the campaign was made up of conservative Christian leaders, many of whom identify with the prosperity gospel movement that links faith with wealth.