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Professors say Trump’s pro-Christmas rhetoric is connected to white nationalism

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On Christmas Eve, President Donald Trump did what he does often. He sent out a tweet.

“People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!” Trump wrote.

Trump’s tweet highlighted his fight against political correctness and more specifically the “war on Christmas.” Yet, according to one professor, Trump’s pro-Christmas messages “assert a soft or hard version of white nationalism.”

In a recent piece published by Newsweek, professors claimed that Trump’s insistence on saying “Merry Christmas” is connected to white nationalism.

Washington State University professor Richard King said he sees “such invocations of Christmas as a kind of cypher, what some would call a dog whistle.”

“Much like ‘Make America Great Again,’ panics over the protests by NFL players, and the defense of Confederate memory, Christmas is a way to talk about peril, to assert a soft or hard version of white nationalism,” King said.

Sociology professor Randy Blazak echoed King’s sentiment, claiming white nationalists particularly like Trump’s fight against the “war on Christmas.”

“His followers see this as gospel and a rebuking of multiculturalism and political correctness, and the growing influence of Jews, Muslims, atheists and other non-WASPs,” Blazak said.

The Newsweek article didn’t just attempt to connect Trump’s pro-Christmas rhetoric to white nationalism. It also brought up a comparison to Nazis:

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.

However, Georgia State University professor Joe Perry told the magazine the connection isn’t clear-cut.

“Frankly, I’m not sure how far Trump himself is willing to go to use the holiday to promote anti-Muslim or anti-minority visions of America, or if he even really understands what he is doing with his ‘Merry Christmas’ tirades,” Perry said.

Though, the professor also argued “the far right’s engagement in the ‘war on Christmas’ explicitly posits that there is one single true or correct Christmas.”

Read the Newsweek article.

h/t The Daily Caller

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  • Byrd Westbrook

    Blazak is nuts. The only “problems” we have are radical Islam and ignorant professors like him.

    • Robert Browning

      … please compare/contrast how Islam views the mother of Christ VS what Judaism believes and teaches and decide for yourselves the absolute inanity of the now-accepted-without-critical-thought statement‘Judeo-Christian’. Whereas Muslims regard Mary the mother of Christ as the highest of all women, the Jews on the other hand characterize her as a ‘hairdresser and a whore who was the descendant of princes and governors and played the harlot with carpenters.’

      • Bergbau

        It is the “heritage of true Judaism” and not the descendants of the Pharisees.

  • rogerthatokay

    “Much like ‘Make America Great Again,’ panics over the protests by NFL players, and the defense of Confederate memory, Christmas is a way to talk about peril, to assert a soft or hard version of white nationalism,” King said.

    But it’s also a celebration of the gifts to mankind Judao-Christian Culture created, you pathetic hate-filled, race pimping whore:

    -http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/ The United Nation’s Human Development Index ranks nations by life expectancy, literacy, education and GDP per capita. The top 50 encompass 700 million in Judao-Christian (WHITE) nations; Muslim nations encompass 5 million people (out of 1.5 billion people).

    -http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/H… The UN’s Gender Empowerment Measure ranks nations by women’s equality: Muslim nations rank at the bottom. Judao-Christian nations (White), on top.

  • rogerthatokay

    “…the defense of Confederate memory”?

    And who were those Confederates, “professor”?

    -The modern-day Democratic Party was founded in 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson. Wikipedia

    -6/18/15 huffingtonpost.com Who was Andrew Jackson?
    “Democrat President Andrew Jackson became a national hero for defeating the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. After the war, Jackson returned to the business of killing and taking land from Indians and expanding the institution of slavery. By 1837, Jackson’s administration had removed 46,000 citizens of the Choctaw, Cherokee, Seminole, Creek and Chickasaw nations from their homelands [under his Removal Act of 1830] and forced them to march one thousand miles on the Trail of Tears to the so-called Indian Territory west of the Mississippi. An estimated 4,000 Cherokee, as well as untold numbers of the Indians’ black slaves, died along the way.”

    -5/27/16 huffingtonpost.com
    “When the mass mailings of antislavery tracts [by Republicans] captured national attention in 1835, democrat President Andrew Jackson called on Congress to pass a law prohibiting ;under severe penalties,’ the circulation…of incendiary publications.”

    -In the 1850s the democrat party defended slavery in the United States, and promoted its expansion into the West against northern Free Soil opposition. Republicans opposed that expansion and Democrats launched the Civil War under democrat Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

    -https://www.civilwar.org/le… In 1866, democrat President Andrew Johnson vetoed the Freedmen’s Bureau bill and the Civil Rights bill and encouraged Southern states not to ratify the 14th Amendment [Equal Rights amendment].

    -Democrats created the KKK:

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcro… Public Broadcasting System: “The Klan quickly became a terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party and white supremacy. Between 1869 and 1871 its goal was to destroy Congressional Reconstruction by murdering blacks, and some whites, who were either active in Republican politics or educating black children.”

    “The Ku Klux Klan was formed as a social club by a group of Confederate Army veterans in Pulaski, Tennessee in the winter of 1865-66. The Klan quickly became a terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party and white supremacy.”

    -When democrats controlled the KKK it thrived:
    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcro… In the mid-1920’s there were 2 to 3 million members of the democrat KKK. [lynchings of Blacks peaked during that era.

    What a disgusting POS this King AH is.

  • Leonard smith

    Sociology , is best seen as being akin to astrology , magic and other ‘ologies’ which are not part of this real world.
    Sociology was kidnapped shortly after its birth by leftist magicians who worship the great Karl and his kin . It has other names , such as Baloney , BS and horse puckey.
    When I see the word I know I am dealing with a fraud.

    So once again the imbeciles of sociology attack anything not part of their darkness. They fear anything at all which brought about the modernization of people ( the industrial revolution .)
    They are closely related flat earthers and other magical cults and yet oddly cannot accept the idea of the Judeo Christian supernaturalism which is built upon the fundamental pillar of goodness.

  • Bergbau

    As Pogo said: “We have met the enemy and they is us”.