- At a rally in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday night, US President Donald Trump claimed that some people didn’t want Thanksgiving to be called Thanksgiving anymore.
- Without giving any further details, Trump said, “You know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving.”
- Trump did not say what he thought people wanted to change the name to but connected it to his repeated criticism of the phrase “Happy holidays.”
- Trump attacked a so-called “war on Christmas” during his 2016 presidential campaign and declared victory back in 2017, when he said: “We can say ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday shared a bizarre theory that liberals were trying to rename Thanksgiving.
“You know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump claimed during a wild rally in Sunrise, Florida.
Without giving any further details, he said: “They don’t want to use the term ‘Thanksgiving.'”
He told his supporters “we’re not changing it,” adding, “We’re going to have do little work on Thanksgiving.”
“People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving,” he said. “But everybody in this room, I know, loves the name Thanksgiving, and we’re not changing it.”
You can watch the moment here:
NO NO NO!
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There is no evidence that people are trying to rename the holiday, and Trump did not say what people want to rename it to.
Trump drew parallels with his past criticism of the phrase “Happy holidays,” which he repeatedly decried during his 2016 presidential campaign.
“And that was true also with Christmas, but now everybody’s using Christmas again,” he said.
“Remember I said that?”
Trump had previously attacked a so-called “war on Christmas,” saying during his presidential campaign: “If I become president, we’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at every store.”
Trump then declared victory in a 2017 speech, claiming: “We can say ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
Despite Trump’s protestations, most Americans don’t seem to mind saying or hearing the more neutral “Happy holidays.” A 2016 survey from Public Policy Polling found that more than 80% of Americans didn’t care which phrase people used.
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