Adding to the list of 100 things that have been declared "racist," in 2017, listed by Tucker Carlson on Twitter, we now see that according to liberals the Hallmark Channel showing Christmas movies are now a push for "white nationalism," because the "network’s strongholds map to Trump’s Electoral College victories," and there are no "Muslims, gay people, feminists," in the "quaint Christmas villages," portrayed in the movies shown by Hallmark Channel.
No, really, this is not satire, I am quoting from the Washington Post affiliated website Slate, a bastion of liberal anger and perpetual outrage, where the author deliberately decided to watch Hallmark Channel's Christmas programming for no other reason than to find things to be outraged about.
At a rally in November 2015, Donald Trump heralded, “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, that I can tell you.” Of all his empty guarantees, the president has perhaps fulfilled none better than a counterstrike in the War on Christmas, and no battalion has fired more rooty-toot artillery for him than the Hallmark Channel. In 2017, the network is premiering 21 original Christmas movies (up from 20 last year)—42 hours of sugary, sexist, preposterously plotted, plot hole–festooned, belligerently traditional, ecstatically Caucasian cheer. To observe the first holiday season under the Trump administration, I’m bearing witness to them all.
See? He admitted it, he watched 42 hours of Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, so he could complain that the people in the movies he chose to watch, knowing they were Christmas movies, "endlessly bellow 'Merry Christmas' to every lumberjack and labradoodle they pass."
After watching a few of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas films, the network’s burgeoning red-state appeal comes into focus. As much as these movies offer giddy, predictable escapes from Trumpian chaos, they all depict a fantasy world in which America has been Made Great Again. Real and fictional heartland small towns with names such as Evergreen and Cookie Jar are as thriving as their own small businesses, and even a high school art teacher (played by Trump supporter and the face of Hallmark, Candace Cameron Bure) can afford a lavishly renovated Colonial home. They brim with white heterosexuals who exclusively, emphatically, and endlessly bellow “Merry Christmas” to every lumberjack and labradoodle they pass. They’re centered on beauty-pageant heroines and strong-jawed heroes with white-nationalist haircuts. There are occasional sightings of Christmas sweater–wearing black people, but they exist only to cheer on the dreams of the white leads, and everyone on Trump’s naughty list—Muslims, gay people, feminists—has never crossed the snowcapped green-screen mountains to taint these quaint Christmas villages. “Santa Just Is White” seems to be etched into every Hallmark movie’s town seal.
I almost don't know where to start with that mess. The writer seems to be upset that a Christmas movie would be upbeat and while bemoaning how racist the movies are in his opinion, he seems to be the one focusing a whole lot on race, with his "brim with white heterosexuals" statement.
Oh, and what the heck is a "white nationalist haircut?" Haircuts are now racist? We will have to notify Tucker to add that to his list.
Then the part about not having Muslims in the Christmas village, celebrating the birth of Christ, has got to earn the "boneheaded" statement of the year award.
Read the whole screed for yourself, but prepare for complaints about sexism, racism, President Trump, movie dialogue, actors and actresses, and the "Christmas-down-your-throat bombast," from someone that chose to spend 42 hours in front of his television watching Christmas movies on a channel that advertised the fact that there would be 21 original Christmas movies, and to which the writer deliberately chose to "bombast" himself with just so he could make himself miserable and have something to complain about.
Moving right along, we have a liberal writer over at Newsweek, who claims that by promoting Christmas, the President is excluding members of other religions as "part of a larger attempt by the president to define America as a country for white Christians alone." The headline of that article is "How Trump And The Nazis Stole Christmas To Promote White Nationalism."
The writer claims that the fact that Christmas is the holiday that President Trump celebrates and he has no qualms about saying "Merry Christmas" as part of that, "is a way to talk about peril, to assert a soft or hard version of white nationalism."
They go on to quote a liberal professor from Washington State University who states "I see such invocations of Christmas as a kind of cypher, what some would call a dog whistle. It does not appear to be intolerant or extreme, but to attentive audiences it speaks volumes about identity and belonging—who and what are fully American."
Yes, wishing people a Merry Christmas is now a "dog whistle," according to their liberal "experts."
Then the Newsweek writer goes on to compare President Trump's love for Christmas as .... you got it, nazi-like.
Trump isn’t the first political figure in history to co-opt Christmas. In fact, some see parallels between Trump’s speeches in front of Christmas trees and attempts by authoritarian regimes like the Nazis to manipulate popular celebrations to promote a political ideology. But by weaponizing Christmas in this way, Trump is bringing a dangerous tradition of politicizing religious holidays into the United States, experts say.
Now Christmas is not only racist and a way to promote white nationalism, but according to that writer, Christmas is now a political ideology for no other reason that we have a President that celebrates Christmas and thinks people should be able to say Merry Christmas without all the manufactured outraged of everyone being offended because some people celebrate the birth of Christ.
Look, President Trump didn't start the war on Christmas, no that was people that simply couldn't stand Christians being allowed to celebrate a holiday without being accused of "offending" someone. President Trump noticed the push against anything Christmas related, how people were forcing their employees to say "Happy Holidays," rather than everyone just being allowed to reference the holiday they celebrated. Christmas trees were being labeled "Holiday Trees."
Someone says Happy Hanukkah to me, I am going to say 'thank you' because they are being nice. People wish others a "Happy" or "Merry" holiday they personally celebrate as a gesture of goodwill, not as a tactic to exclude others celebrating another holiday. Liberals never, ever should have "weaponized" Christmas, and it takes a lot of nerve for people like the Newsweek writer to claim President Trump is doing it, when their "war on Christmas" started long before Trump became the President.
On December 18, 2017, my brother came back from shopping, and then posted to Facebook about his experience this year compared to the past years, stating "It has been a pleasure shopping this year, everyone is saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Totally not afraid of offending anyone. When Obama was in office all the Christmas cheer was gone and everyone was getting offended. Or that's what we were led to believe by all the false news stations owned by the Democrats who are trying to divide this Nation. Well holiday Cheer is back and how nice it is.Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!!!!!!"
What was notable is my brother rarely references politics, but even he noticed a change significant enough that he felt the need to mention it.
A look at Barack Obama's 2016 "Holiday" card, compared to President Trump's 2017 "Christmas" card, shows a stark contrast.
As we heard on the campaign trail, Trump as an American citizen, speaking as a candidate before the election, noted the war on Christmas that many of us have spoken about for years. Like other Americans he didn't like it, was very vocal about it. Christmas is not a political ideology, it is a celebration by Christians of the birth of Christ.
Calling it racist, claiming Christmas movies are promoting white nationalism, asserting that Trump is weaponizing Christmas, is all just another method by liberals in their never-ending "war on Christmas," by converging on a theme to label anyone that dares show Christmas spirit, a racist, white nationalist.
Everyone should be able to celebrate the holiday they believe in without being mocked, criticized or accused of racism for doing so.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
I for one, am happy to have a President that seems to truly enjoy and love Christmas again.