Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump staked out his ground in the ongoing “War on Christmas,” and there was little question on which side of the battle a Trump administration will stand.
Some will suggest, however, he must have evolved on the issue over the years.
“The word Christmas — I love Christmas, I love Christmas — you go to stores now and you don’t see the word Christmas, it says ‘Happy Holidays,'” Trump said Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
“Remember the expression ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it anymore,” he added. “You’re going to see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now.”
The position is consistent with what Trump said in August during an interview on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims, according to the Daily Caller.
“There’s an assault on anything having to do with Christianity,” he said then. “They don’t want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores.”
“I go out of my way to use the word Christmas,” Trump added.
A scan of social media by Mediaite found that while Trump commented a few years back that most people prefer “Merry Christmas,” the real estate tycoon was not above opting for “Happy Holidays.”
7 of 10 Americans prefer 'Merry Christmas' over 'Happy Holidays' http://t.co/Xjimd3KU No surprise.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2012
@shanesgranny Thanks and Happy Holidays.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2012
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2012
And the left-leaning site, Right Wing Watch, captured an image of a recent holiday message from Trump Hotels that also featured “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas.”
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