“Remember, I said, it’s awfully early to be thinking this, but I always think it. Remember the attack on Merry Christmas? They’re not attacking it anymore. Everyone’s happy to say ‘Merry Christmas,’ right? Merry Christmas! That was under siege. You’d have these big department stores that say ‘happy holidays.’ They say where’s the ‘Merry Christmas?’ Now they’re all putting up ‘Merry Christmas’ again. And that’s because only because of our campaign.”
On social media, however, many weren’t ready to celebrate yuletide with summer still in full swing:
In case you aren’t watching the Trump Rally...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 31, 2018
The crowd just gave Trump a standing ovation for winning the war on Christmas...
I’m watching this so you don’t have to.
I guess they don’t realize Trump is Krampus. You know- takes kids from their parents. Who won the war on Christmas by the way? I’m still celebrating Yule this year & will still be wishing everyone happy holidays bc I want all to enjoy their own winter celebrations too. pic.twitter.com/8Y7WqTwdIE— Epidi NicEachain (@EpidiNicEachain) August 1, 2018
"Now they're all putting up merry Christmas again."--Trump. It's July!— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) July 31, 2018
Fascinating, I had no idea there was a war on Christmas. But I supposed Trump is the best there ever was at winning the non-existent war against Christmas.— Laur (@ldzad) August 1, 2018
Just tuning into the Trump rally in Tampa to hear him talking about how people are saying Merry Christmas again— Tim Mak (@timkmak) July 31, 2018
By “merry Christmas” Trump means “merry Manafort week.” https://t.co/yOENKNCYrg— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 1, 2018
Ah yes, the great Merry Christmas War of 2016— Dorit Murciano (@doritnyc) July 31, 2018
Breaking News: After threatening to bomb the North Pole trump has held a summit with Santa, which he failed to mention to us all. An elf leaked photos. trump later announced that we can all say Merry Christmas again. Score another great victory for this administration.— Designing Nola (@Nola_Lee_Kelsey) August 1, 2018
WE KEEP ON WINNING:— Ronald (@LostVegas44) August 1, 2018
Trump, in a breath-taking campaign rant, just said we "Won the war on 'Merry Christmas'" Yes, he just declared victory on the war on 'Merry Christmas'
Is this really happening? Are we in some bad Twilight Zone episode? What did we do wrong to deserve this?
The “war on Christmas” is a long-running conservative talking point that claims the holiday was somehow hidden from view. Trump made the “war” a central part of his 2016 campaign. According to PolitiFact, Trump’s promise to say “Merry Christmas” is one he has kept.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.