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President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that “some people” wanted to change the name of Thanksgiving, telling a crowd of supporters that he wasn’t going to let that happen.
However, as many people quickly pointed out online, there doesn’t seem to be a large groundswell of support to do so.
Trump made his remarks during a rally in Florida.
“As we gather together for Thanksgiving—you know, some people want to change the name for Thanksgiving. They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving,” the president said.
#TrumpRally – Trump on Thanksgiving🦃— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) November 27, 2019
"You know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving. They don't wanna use the name Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas, but now everybody's using Christmas again."
He continued, bringing up the so-called “War on Christmas.”
“That was true also with Christmas, but now everybody is using Christmas again. Remember I said that? 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.”
While Trump only said “some people,” many people assumed he meant liberals, leading to people cracking jokes while using the hashtag #WhatLiberalsCallThanksgiving.
I must’ve missed the part where we called Thanksgiving something else. I hope trump enlightens us soon on what us liberals call it now so I can be sure to say the right thing on Thursday. #WhatLiberalsCallThanksgiving— Jessica Renae (@JessRenae94) November 27, 2019
The day we start the war on Christmas #WhatLiberalsCallThanksgiving— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) November 27, 2019
For those of us who have to work, we call it Thursday. #WhatLiberalsCallThanksgiving— Lisa Lee (@ldcl35) November 27, 2019
Other people used #WarOnThanksgiving to make similar jokes.
I miss just one of our secret ultra-lib planning sessions and I'm out on this #waronthanksgiving we're supposed to be waging. Anyone got the deets?— Alex Cox (@alex_cox) November 27, 2019
While not clear where Trump got his information from, Fox News did run a bit the day before on how liberals want a more “PC” Thanksgiving. So probably from there.
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Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).