During his campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday night, the president reiterated that he had defeated those who do not use the term “Christmas.” This time, though, he added that he was moving on to tackle a new holiday.
“You know, some people want to change the name ‘Thanksgiving.’ They don’t want to use the term ‘Thanksgiving.’ And that was true also with Christmas, but now everybody’s using Christmas again,” he said to wild cheers.
“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving. People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving, but everybody in this room I know loves the name Thanksgiving and we’re not changing it.”
The president has made his apparent rescue of “Merry Christmas” a regular talking point, regardless of the time of year and despite the fact that the term had not fallen out of favor. He brought it up in May this year, July last year and in October and July the year before.
Though suggestions have been made about more environmentally friendly ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and, in 2015, a false story debunked by Snopes circulated in conservative media alleging President Barack Obama planned to change the name, the holiday is not widely considered to be under any form of attack.