Silly you. You thought Republicans just wanted to be able to say “Merry Christmas” in public without feeling like they were making some kind of mistake by excluding non-Christians. Nope!
In a reminder that the (fictional) War on Christmas will never end no matter what happens, FOX News host Jeanine Pirro told a crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition voter rally in Texas recently that anyone saying “Merry Christmas” has to also “stare people down” in the process:
“I remember when Donald Trump was running and he talked about bringing back ‘Merry Christmas,”‘ Pirro said. “I live in New York. I’m like, ‘Yeah, nobody says it.’ You know, you try to be politically correct because ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ Kwanzaa, this, that, the atheists, the agnostics, whatever. And then I said, ‘He’s right.’ This guy who’s never been in politics, a New York City billionaire who builds buildings for a living, who fights the swamp in New York City, he’s got a better handle on it than I do.”
“And since he came in, I say, ‘Merry Christmas’ and I say it a decibel louder now,” Pirro declared. “And I stare them down and so should you.”
It’s not exactly shocking that a person who gets satirized on Saturday Night Live by someone who is constantly shouting would… get louder. But more to the point, being politically correct in this case is not a bad thing! Atheists, agnostics, and whatevers are people too!
It’s also a complete lie that Trump brought back the phrase. It never went away. President Obama said it all the time.
In any case, so much for wishing people well out of the goodness of your heart, right? Rather than bestowing a kind greeting upon strangers — and celebrating the birth of Jesus if you happen to be a believer — Pirro is yet another right-wing activist weaponizing Christmas and using it to further divide people.