On Christmas Day, the Republican National Committee (RNC) sparked social media outrage on Twitter over statements that are possibly being misinterpreted and misconstrued the wrong way. The statement, made public by RNC chairman Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day, reads:
“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.”
Of course, opponents and critics of the GOP viewed the “new King” message as a direct reference and comparison to Trump. Sean Spicer, an RNC spokesman and incoming White House press secretary, released a tweet following the controversy and backlash: “Christ is the King. He was born today so we could be saved. It’s sad & disappointing you are politicizing such a holy day.”
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They’re really embracing the Cheeto Jesus thing. https://t.co/ckgyXdGsPf
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Getting hard to keep track of who’s drinking whose Kool-Aid. https://t.co/xrepUWmYCj
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