I've had it up to about the fourth of July with our president and Fox News &c for all their phony outrage over "the war on Christmas" and all the rest of their whining about "political correctness." Trump may have bragged more about making it okay to say "Merry Christmas" than he has about his supposed triumph in a cage match against all of ISIS. On Christmas Eve he tweeted:
People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I'm proud to have led the charge against the assault of [sic] our cherished and beautiful phrase.
Actually, everyone who has maintained a grip understands that the despised "Happy holidays" is just a kind of shorthand for a good-will greeting of too many syllables, something like: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and, in the event that you are committed to Yahweh or Mohammed or Christopher Hitchens and the New Atheists, best of wishes to you in the new year, too! Who could be against that? Trump and "his base," that's who. They are captains of industry in the manufacture of artificial grievances and no one can leave their post on the assembly line unless it is to complain about the "snowflakes" on the other side.
Also, it's not true that the Obama Administration waterboarded people who wished one another "Merry Christmas." Didn't even mildly rebuke them. Obama himself said "Merry Christmas" all through the season, as did Americans from Seattle to Key West without consequence. It's false that in America Christians are an oppressed minority.
This constant din about the horrors of "Happy holidays" and other bogeymen of "political correctness"--it's 97% stagnant ditch water. When Trump & Co. complain about something or other being "politically correct," it's almost always "just plain correct." The only problem is that their picture preference has been violated. They wish something wasn't true but it is. It's useful to consider roughly parallel cases from a common realm--science, for example, since part of the game is to make everything political. The atomic theory, concerning how all matter is made of atoms, is correct. The theory of anthropogenic climate change, however, is politically correct. Same for Darwin's great theory. The truth is okay so long as it does not cause trouble for the party line. For things that are true and offensive to the party line they have invented this pejorative, politically correct.
And anyway, is this why we have a president--to reverse the (imagined) assault on the cherished phrase "Merry Christmas"? In the unanimous verdict of our intelligence agencies, the Russians interfered in our last national election, and now we're going to have another one in less than a year. Have we made any progress in protecting the integrity of this basic democratic process? No, the Administration barely acknowledges the problem, but Trump has made it safe again to say "Merry Christmas!" You can draw a line between Trump's Christmas triumph and his inauguration, which he and his lackeys have persistently insisted broke all the attendance records. In both, he's wrong on the merits, but why is he even talking about them in the first place?