U.S. Politics

RNC clarifies: ‘New King’ not a reference to Trump


Sean Spicer’s tweet followed a day of angry back and forth on social media platforms. | Getty


After creating a stir on social media with its Christmas message, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said Sunday that its reference to “a new King” was not a reference to President-elect Donald Trump.

“Christ is the King,” tweeted Spicer, who will be Trump’s press secretary. “He was born today so we could be saved. Its (sic) sad & disappointing you are politicizing such a holy day.”

Spicer’s tweet — and related remarks on CNN — followed several hours of angry back and forth on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms over whether the RNC’s holiday message was suggesting the president-elect was a figure comparable to Jesus Christ.

This was the controversial passage: “Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”

The RNC’s three-paragraph statement, issued in the name of Reince Priebus and Sharon Day, made no mention at all of Trump. But that didn’t stop folks from arguing over the statement — and possible notions of blasphemy — between discussions over the passing of singer George Michael, the health of actress Carrie Fisher, and an emphatic dunk by Richard Jefferson in an afternoon NBA game.


One thought on “RNC clarifies: ‘New King’ not a reference to Trump

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s