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‘Merry Christmas’ Trends In February Thanks To Eric Trump

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<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-02-04T05:51:47+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-02/03/5e38a368e5711115f6105f44/5e38a36a87171f0001c03e36_1280x720_FES_v1.jpg?w=1440&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p>The phrase “<a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entertainment/topic/christmas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Merry Christmas</a>” was trending on Monday, February 3 after <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/eric-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eric Trump</a> claimed that people were finally saying it again.</p><p>President <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/donald-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Donald Trump</a>’s son announced victory over the supposed “war on Christmas” ― something he does every <a href="http://huffpost.com/entry/eric-trump-merry-christmas_n_5d9fde4de4b06ddfc517302a?ri18n=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">now and then</a> at random times of year ― at a Trump campaign press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Republican caucuses.</p><p>While praising his father in a speech, the younger Trump pivoted to Christmas.</p><p>“We’re saying Merry Christmas again,” he said, to applause. “We weren’t saying that.” </p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/EricTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@EricTrump</a>: "We’re saying 'Merry Christmas' again." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IowaCaucuses?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#IowaCaucuses</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IACaucus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#IACaucus</a><a href="https://t.co/M8qtmhDuqG" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/M8qtmhDuqG</a></p>— The Hill (@thehill) <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1224471215584292870?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 3, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>The Trumps often use this talking point, which has little basis. No one is preventing people from saying “Merry Christmas,” but businesses, including <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/23/trump-war-on-christmas-happy-holidays-businesses" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">some of Trump’s own</a>, have been known to adopt the more inclusive phrase “Happy holidays” in their marketing.</p><p>Last year, Eric Trump whipped out the “we’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again” rhetoric before Halloween. Later in 2019, his father claimed that people wanted to <a href="http://huffpost.com/entry/trump-war-on-thanksgiving_n_5dddaad2e4b00149f725ddb0?ri18n=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">stop saying “Thanksgiving”</a> — an assertion even Trump <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-friends-war-on-thanksgiving-trump_n_5ddf039be4b0d50f329c0e6d" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">allies on Fox News questioned</a>.</p><p>With the holidays about 10 months away, Twitter users were shocked to discover we were saying “Merry Christmas” again already:</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Narrator: "We were always saying Merry Christmas." <a href="https://t.co/EUS19ZnT38" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/EUS19ZnT38</a></p>— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShowbizSimon/status/1224502745480101888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I live in good old Southern Illinois and we always did say Merry Christmas. What part of the country is this dickwad talking about. <a href="https://t.co/9XZ4YdGPqh" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/9XZ4YdGPqh</a></p>— John W. Owens (@JohnWOwens) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnWOwens/status/1224488789143363584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="et" dir="ltr">Why is Merry Christmas trending...in February? <a href="https://t.co/qB8c3SBBUx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/qB8c3SBBUx</a></p>— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) <a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyLCarter1/status/1224502717747552258?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When a politician tells you "We're saying 'Merry Christmas' again", they're actually telling you "I think I'm talking to an idiot." <a href="https://t.co/CzOtwyQrQd" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/CzOtwyQrQd</a></p>— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) <a href="https://twitter.com/prchovanec/status/1224477491483549697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 3, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I really hated those 8 years when I kept getting arrested for saying Merry Christmas<br><br>It was such a bummer. Thanks Trump!!! <a href="https://t.co/tMCFcO7RmU" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/tMCFcO7RmU</a></p>— Matt Jones (@MattJonesRadio) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattJonesRadio/status/1224479426055983107?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 3, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForFactsSake?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ForFactsSake</a> - We never stopped saying Merry Christmas <a href="https://t.co/pTjs0L94Mn" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/pTjs0L94Mn</a></p>— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) <a href="https://twitter.com/SRuhle/status/1224474195985387523?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 3, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In my entire lifetime, I have never had one person say to me “don’t say Merry Christmas.”<br><br>Not one...and I say it to everyone I meet unless they are Jewish or Muslim<br><br>It’s a stupid, made-up controversy from people who like being outraged (while complaining about others’ outrage) <a href="https://t.co/HBi1DRKprb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/HBi1DRKprb</a></p>— Matt Jones (@MattJonesRadio) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattJonesRadio/status/1224485256885153792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I’m an atheist and say Merry Christmas to people all the time. It’s such a made up controversy.</p>— Astronomy Nerd (@spaceisgreat85) <a href="https://twitter.com/spaceisgreat85/status/1224486073620930560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 4, 2020</a></blockquote></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

The phrase “Merry Christmas” was trending on Monday, February 3 after Eric Trump claimed that people were finally saying it again.

President Donald Trump’s son announced victory over the supposed “war on Christmas” ― something he does every now and then at random times of year ― at a Trump campaign press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Republican caucuses.

While praising his father in a speech, the younger Trump pivoted to Christmas.

“We’re saying Merry Christmas again,” he said, to applause. “We weren’t saying that.” 

The Trumps often use this talking point, which has little basis. No one is preventing people from saying “Merry Christmas,” but businesses, including some of Trump’s own, have been known to adopt the more inclusive phrase “Happy holidays” in their marketing.

Last year, Eric Trump whipped out the “we’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again” rhetoric before Halloween. Later in 2019, his father claimed that people wanted to stop saying “Thanksgiving” — an assertion even Trump allies on Fox News questioned.

With the holidays about 10 months away, Twitter users were shocked to discover we were saying “Merry Christmas” again already:

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/eric-trump-merry-christmas_au_5e3904cbc5b687dacc722f4b

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