It’s *checks notes* Oct. 2, and Donald Trump has already delivered his intermittent, fact-free reminder that he saved Christmas.
“By the way, remember Christmas, by the way?” the former president said during one of multiple bizarre tangents at a campaign speech in Iowa on Sunday, the first day of October.
“We brought back ‘Merry Christmas,’” he insisted. “Nobody fights it anymore.”
“One of the first things I said in 2015, actually, when I was campaigning, I said ‘We will bring back ‘Merry Christmas,’” he continued. “Because these woke department stores, they didn’t want to use the word Christmas. And they use the word Christmas now.”
Trump and other conservatives — including many over at Fox News — have for years pushed “War on Christmas” rhetoric, insisting liberals are trying to ruin the holiday and attack Christian values.
As for the so-called “woke” stores that sometimes opt to also use the more inclusive “happy holidays” ― Trump’s own businesses are among them.
Trump has also tried to claim he’s rescuing Thanksgiving.
Last year, the Republican presidential front-runner celebrated December 25 with a not-so-jolly message wishing a “Merry Christmas to EVERYONE, including the Radical Left Marxists that are trying to destroy our Country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is illegally coercing & paying Social and LameStream Media to push for a mentally disabled Democrat over the Brilliant, Clairvoyant, and USA LOVING Donald J. Trump.”