The RNC’s Christmas message stirred up quite a controversy of the weekend, in what many understood was a reference to Trump being the new savior and king. That seems to have gone to the man’s head, because the day after Christmas, he essentially tweeted out that same message.
“This Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”
The Republican National Committee celebrated Christmas this year with a heartfelt message on the season:
Merry Christmas to all! 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. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.
In no time, social media and news outlets were questioning whether the RNC was claiming that President-Elect Donald Trump was the new savior and king. It is pretty clear that the message, from Reince Priebus (Trump’s future chief-of-staff) and Sharon Day, was a reference to devote Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus, their King and redeemer. But we have to admit, the wording is ambiguous and grammatically confusing, given the recent and contentious election of Trump, and much of his campaign’s messaging.
A late afternoon twitter storm.
After Trump sent out a self-aggrandizing Christmas “card” of himself with his fist raised in front of a decorated tree (followed by a very rushed follow up), the undisputed King of twitter tantrums was silent for 28 hours. Maybe Priebus and Kellyanne Conway hid his phone, and it took him that long to find it?
In any case, First he tried to insult President Obama and the United Nations, and then he let this one fly.
The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
For what it’s worth, that claim of $1 trillion dollars in Christmas spending comes from a consumer survey forecast by the Deloitte University Press conducted one month before the election, when every indication on Earth showed Trump would lose. Not that he would ever bother to fact check anything before saying it.
As for the markets, CNBC reports that post election, the “Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are 8.7 percent, 5.8 percent and 5.2 percent respectively.” A quick check on Yahoo! finance shows that those markets are up about 10% year-to-date:
But check out the orange curve. That’s the 30-day moving average. It’s been on an upswing since late February, and that has nothing to do with Trump’s election. As for hope…? Trump has the lowest post-election approval rating since Gallup started polling them in 1945. Who knew you could pack so much hubris and totally false, self-aggrandizing pabulum into 140 characters?
“He thinks he’s going to be King.”
Back in May, Barbara Res told this to the Huffington Post in an interview. She is the former head of construction at Trump Tower in New York. His second wife, Marla Maples, told the L.A. Times “He’s a king. I mean truly. He is. He’s a king. He really is a ruler of the world, as he sees it.”
Listening to his campaign speeches, it was more than obvious that Trump was selling himself, and probably considers himself, as our savior. He told voters that Iran “is going to destroy Israel — unless I get elected. Then Israel will be just fine.” He told rallies that they face a “corrupt political establishment that is the greatest power behind the efforts at radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people,” which has “raided the wealth for themselves and taken our jobs away out of our country never to return unless I’m elected president.”