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Donald Trump Is Trying to Take Ownership of the Phrase Merry Christmas

Donald Trump in West Allis, Wisconsin, on Tuesday.

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Above: Donald Trump in Wisconsin on Tuesday for one of the series of rallies that he’s apparently calling the “Merry Christmas USA Thank You Tour 2016.” He’s standing in front of six Christmas trees.

So now the phrase Merry Christmas, thanks to the long-running far-right “War on Christmas” conspiracy theory—which was invented by the white-nationalist John Birch Society in 1959—has been officially weaponized into the partisan slogan of a president elected on a wave of hateful rhetoric about, among others, refugees.

Truly, it’s what a Middle Eastern Jew who was born in a barn because no one else would take his parents in would have wanted.