The Republican National Committee is cleaning up a fire on Christmas Day, after sending out a holiday greeting that pretty clearly compared Donald Trump to Jesus Christ. RNC chair Reince Priebus and his co-chair Sharon Day sent out the following message, and were promptly hammered for it:
“Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind.”
“Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”
Now, this is clearly a way to compare Trump’s election to the coming of Jesus Christ in the Christian faith. Many readers interpreted it in this way, with the words “this Christmas” seeming to suggest Trump’s election.
This is highly disturbing for at least two reasons. Firstly, we do not have kings and rulers in America. That goes against the very foundation of our nation. We are a government by the people, for the people. We became a sovereign nation based upon this sort of freedom. Secondly, Trump has repeatedly shown alarming authoritarian instincts. The idea of his party backing his worst instincts up and referring him to a kind or some kind of messiah is most alarming indeed.
As damage control, Priebus and company are now insisting they were referencing Jesus, not Trump. RNC spokesman and prominent Trump mouthpiece Sean Spicer tweeted:
If you think this wasn’t a thinly veiled referenced to Trump’s approaching rule of America with a GOP Congress behind him, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
These people realize that Trump is an authoritarian, and they are GLEEFUL about that, because they think he’ll ram their agenda through. All I can say is that we’d all do well to recognize this incoming dictatorship for what it is, and #RESIST.
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