By now we all have heard — time and again — Trump telling us that he has made it possible for everyone to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” Never mind that no one has ever been prohibited by any law or regulation from saying “Merry Christmas”. Yes, I know, a number of major retailers have asked their employees to use the term “Happy Holidays” to accommodate their many customers of various faiths. But I’m not aware of any federal, state, or local prohibition on a hearty “Merry Christmas”.
Let’s now take a look back at how Trump celebrated Christmas.
Trump waged his own personal War on Christmas
Dec 12, 2016
“We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again!” said President-elect Donald Trump this past Saturday, going on to decry the “War on Christmas.” However, in the 1980s Trump was waging a war on Christmas of his own.
In 1981, Trump bought the apartment building at 100 Central Park South. He then spent a decade trying to push rent-controlled residents out, so he could tear it down and build luxury condos. Part of this effort involved banning all Christmas decorations from the lobby.
But tenants fought back.
The lobby was free from decorations in 1981 and 1982, but in 1983 the tenants asked if they could have a Christmas tree in the lobby. According to New York magazine, their spokesperson pleaded that some residents “are very old and have nowhere to go for the holidays… this will be their only chance to share in the holiday sprit.” Citadel, the company managing the building for Trump, agreed, on one condition—the tree would be taken down should any tenant complain it “infringe[s] upon his or her religious beliefs.”
Of course, Trump’s campaign against the tenants didn’t end with decorations. He filed, for instance, a baseless eviction proceeding against a tenant the day after Christmas that year, for allegedly failing to pay rent. That tenant, whose heating didn’t work for 3 consecutive winters, spent 2 years and $10,000 in legal fees as a result.
This is the character of a man for whom the Republicans are willing to risk their political futures. Good luck with that you hate-filled, ignorant assholes.