I was going to leave it at that, until, this morning, I ran across this marvelous quote by one Joe Perry, a professor of modern German and European history and author of Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History, which explores the fascist exploitation of the Christmas season:
"Trump and the Nazis share aspects of race-baiting and perhaps broader aspects of extreme conservatism — many political ideologies do," observed Perry to Newsweek. "Frankly, I’m not sure how far Trump himself is willing to go to use the holiday to promote anti-Muslim or anti-minority visions of America, or if he even really understands what he is doing with his 'Merry Christmas' tirades."
To warm our hearts, Newsweek included this photo in its bluntly headlined reporting, "How Trump And The Nazis Stole Christmas To Promote White Nationalism."
The thrust of Newsweek's piece is self-evident. Critics allege that "Trump is promoting a version of the holidays that excludes members of other religions," writes Christina Maza, whose journalism focuses on religion and extremism, "and that his crusade to bring back Christmas is part of a larger attempt by the president to define America as a country for white Christians alone." Given Trump's brainwashing by Fox News and the Steve Bannons of the world, the critics are doubtless correct, even if Der Trümp fails to understand the full import of "his 'Merry Christmas' tirades."
It seems to me that, for the plucky opposition, the most effective way to dilute Trump's fascist, white-supremacist, Fox Newsy distortion of the Christmas season is to embrace the greeting of "Merry Christmas!" along with the worst of them. Don't let the bastards own it. One can follow up with a "Happy Hanukkah!" or "Festive Festivus!" or "Delightful Druidism!" as well, if one chooses, but let us not consign Christmas to the Trumpeteers, the white supremacists, the native fascists, the colossally unChristian.
— P.M. (Phil) & E.J. (Ellie) Carpenter