On Oct. 13, President Donald Trump told supporters in Washington, D.C., that Americans will be "saying merry Christmas again" now that he is in office (video below).
"We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore," said Trump to a crowd at the conservative Values Voter Summit, reports The Guardian. "They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct."
"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," he continued. "But they don’t say -- well guess what? We’re saying merry Christmas again."
It's just one of the many times Trump has showed his support for saying "Merry Christmas" as opposed to the more secular "Happy Holidays."
He has long argued the issue reflects a greater injustice in which Christian citizens' rights to religious liberty is being taken away.
"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 said during a victory rally in Wisconsin in December 2016 in front of Christmas trees. "Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas everyone."
Each time Trump brings the issue up, fierce debate follows.
"Would he say Merry Christmas to someone he knew to be Jewish?" wrote one person in The Hill's comments section in response to the most recent Christmas controversy. "Would he not say Happy Hanukkah? He is president to ALL Americans and not all Americans are Christians."
"People started saying 'Happy Holidays' not because they hate Christmas or they hate Christians or they want to silence those who are religious," added another. "It's simply because it's more all encompassing and suits every religion and it's not necessary to go through the steps of first verifying someone's religion before wishing them. But of course, when you're a white conservative christian and you're running out of ways to stroke your victim complex, you'll take anything you can get."
But many support Trump's position.
"If you care about Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays you are the dumbest snowflake on the planet," commented one user.
"Trump is destroying the PC leftist BS and like him or not...it's refreshing," said another.
Others are less inclined to debate the matter, saying Trump is making an issue out of a "non-issue" for political gain.
"Standard Republican playbook," commented one, before making a reference to Puerto Rico. "Follow up with a distracting cultural wedge issue after announcing your plans to screw over the most vulnerable in our nation."
Sources: The Guardian, The Hill / Featured Image: Anthony Quintano/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr/DoD/Wikimedia Commons, Alaa/Wikimedia Commons