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As the December holiday season approaches, President Donald Trump has bragged that due to his ascendency, people are greeting each other with “Merry Christmas” now instead of the more religion-agnostic “Happy holidays” that apparently proliferated in the Obama era.
(Which is not true but whatever.)
One person who apparently didn’t get her father’s message though was his own daughter.
Happy Holidays! 😘 pic.twitter.com/XLBj2zg2Ql— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 12, 2017
Yes, that’s Ivanka Trump, White House adviser, son of the president, saying “Happy Holidays.” Not two weeks ago, President Trump attended the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Mall and tweeted his enthusiasm about finally getting to say “Merry Christmas” as the president of a country with religious freedom prescribed in its constitution.
Today is a day that I’ve been looking very much forward to ALL YEAR LONG. It is one that you have heard me speak about many times before.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Now, as President of the United States, it is my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! pic.twitter.com/cTvdlUkfHV
Naturally, people on Twitter thought Ivanka’s message was a coded shot at him.
Excuse me, we say "Merry Christmas" now https://t.co/NYZUw9xfp6— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) December 12, 2017
*GASP* YOU REBEL!! https://t.co/MCI25IGdvv— MC JAMBER (@jamberwaves) December 12, 2017
Wait. We can say happy holidays again. Apparently she didn't get daddy's memo. https://t.co/cLP9KQv5qq— Jounda Strong (@JoundaStrong) December 12, 2017
But it probably wasn’t! Ivanka, it should be noted, converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, White House advisor Jared Kushner, and, in all of the president’s lamenting about holiday-neutral greetings destroying the fabric of America, he never really addressed the nuance of interfaith families in power attempting to respectfully communicate December-centric cheer with their constituents.
It’s probably OK.
Trump himself, not five years ago, wished people “Happy Holidays.”
@shanesgranny Thanks and Happy Holidays.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2012
He’s gonna be so mad at himself when he finds out.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]