Donald Trump’s Christmas message: ‘This is your land’

December 11, 2017

In a stirring tribute to the droves of patriotic Americans who attended a Friday night rally in Pensacola, Florida, President Donald Trump posted a message to social media that captures his “America First” platform and acknowledges the power of ordinary American voters — with a special Christmas twist.

The president included several pictures of Christmas decorations adorning the packed Pensacola Bay Arena in a Twitter post that encouraged Americans “This is your land, this is your home, and it’s your voice that matters the most” before sounding off with an unapologetic “MERRY CHRISTMAS and THANK YOU Pensacola, Florida!

People’s tribute

While the campaign-style event in northwest Florida was filled with its share of controversial statements that have propelled the media into overdrive, these were not the remarks that resonated most with working-class Americans.

When Trump talked about the “courage of our convictions” and remaining “true to our values,” he was answered with resounding applause that echoed through the 10,000-seat arena.

Capitalizing on the patriotic fervor, the president followed up his appearance with a fitting tweet. 

Trump concluded the post with a reference to the Christian holiday that he has unabashedly repeated numerous times during the month of December:

“MERRY CHRISTMAS and THANK YOU Pensacola, Florida!”

No apologies

Trump’s references to Christmas are a refreshing change from the last eight years. His predecessor shied away from using the phrase out of a politically correct desire not to offend.

Although President Barack Obama would muster up the phrase for certain audiences, his family’s annual Christmas card abstained from using the word at all — for eight straight years.

In addition to spreading holiday cheer, Trump talked about self-empowerment and affecting change during his one hour and twenty minute address. Addressing the liberal “resistance” which has attempted to challenge and obstruct his presidency at every turn.

“You know what they’re really resisting,” Trump asked. “They’re resisting the will of the American people. That’s what they’re resisting.”

Trump also talked about the greatness of America, telling his supporters that, “We’ve stopped apologizing for America and we have started defending the reputation of the United States.”

Part of this refusal to apologize included recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel —America’s only true democratic ally in the Middle East — which the president formally announced this week despite warnings from establishment bureaucrats. Trump has sent a firm message that he will not be cowed by the terrorists who are responding to his declaration with violence.

Trump’s Friday night rally, and the tweet that followed, encapsulates his bold and unwavering doctrine as America’s commander-in-chief. The president celebrates America’s greatness, and realizes that the nation’s strength lies with its people — and he won’t be apologizing for it.

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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.