You just can’t say anything anymore without causing a political argument… or borderline blaspheming.
Around the holiday season it is customary for leaders and political entities in many parts of the world to give “Christmas messages.” These are generally kind hearted, “Happy holidays, everyone!” speeches. Nothing too harmful about that, is there? How could there possibly be controversy over a feel-good speech like that?
Time Magazine reports: “Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind,” the message from RNC chair Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day said. “Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”
Well that wasn’t too bad! Even if you’re not a Christian there’s nothing harmful in that statement. Where’s the controversy?
…Oh wait a second, I forgot! It’s 2016 and everybody is always looking for something to be mad about!
Apparently, the “celebrate the new king” bit of the speech rubbed some people on social media the wrong way. They saw the Republicans comparing Donald Trump, the “new king,” to Jesus. Then some people got on Twitter to defend the statement, and social media devolved into the calm, educated discussion board it was meant to be.
Pretty soon Sean Spicer, spokesperson for the RNC, had to get involved and clear things up:
Who’s the real idiot? The idiot who posts his beliefs on social media, or the idiot who retaliates?
Since I am also an idiot, I will also throw in my two cents! Setting aside the part about him being literally God for just a minute, Jesus was a Jewish, Middle Eastern, non-white man who preached love and charity. He loved his enemies, lived a life of poverty, and never sought fame for himself. So, yeah, it’s almost a carbon copy of Donald Trump! I can totally see how people would get the two confused.