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RNC: 'New King' Is Jesus, Not Trump

Xmas message sparked social media controversy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2016 12:28 AM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2016 4:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Partisanship didn't take a day off for Christmas: After furious discussions on social media, Republican National Comittee spokesman Sean Spicer issued a statement clarifying that a Christmas message referred to Jesus, not Donald Trump, Politico reports. "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," said the statement issued by RNC chief Reince Preibus. Some observers, including John Weaver, a top aide to Ohio's Republican governor, thought the RNC was likening Trump to Jesus, BuzzFeed reports.

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Spicer, who will be Trump's White House press secretary, said it was "sad and disappointing" that people were "politicizing such a holy day," CNN reports. "I hope you are kidding," he told BuzzFeed when asked if the message had been comparing the president-elect to Jesus. “Christ is the King in the Christian faith. To ask this on Christmas is frankly offensive." Trump, meanwhile, tweeted that he wishes a Merry Christmas "and a very, very, very, very Happy New Year to everyone!" (Read more Republican National Committee stories.)

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