RNC clarifies part of Christmas message after social media criticism

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(Fox News) – A Republican National Committee official lashed out at critics after part of a Christmas statement it made Sunday sparked outrage on social media.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a three-paragraph statement on the holiday, but it was the first paragraph that drew critics’ attention.

“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.”

The message kicked off a heated debate on social media over whether the reference to a “new King” was about President-elect Donald Trump.

John Weaver, a top aide to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was among those who tweeted their displeasure with the statement.

RNC spokesman and future Trump press secretary Sean Spicer defended the message, telling CNN the reference didn’t have anything to do with Trump and “Christ is the King in the Christian faith.”

Spicer later said that it was “sad & disappointing you are politicizing such a holy day.”

The statement also asked Americans to keep military members in their thoughts and prayers and to “rise to meet the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals all around us.”

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  • Bob

    If people spend enough time looking for something to criticize they will be able to find something eventually. It’s too bad they can’t find a life of their own to live.

  • steve

    If you’re not familiar with it, the song “When a Child is Born”, sung by Johnny Mathis, you ought to check it out. If the message had used some of the lyrics in that song you’d have seen the liberals get their shorts in a wad that like you’ve never seen.

  • Jim E King

    A gross error in the message was the reference to the ‘Wise Men’. They weren’t there at the time of Jesus’ birth. They didn’t show up until Jesus was almost 2 years old and then it was where he was living, not in Bethlehem.


    I thought that we were getting rid of the self appointed king, to be obama, soon to be a THING of the past, THANK GOD! WHAT A NARCISSIST what an ego that i have not seen in my 67yrs. on this planet from a president of our united states.Talk about a smooth talking black DUDE being in the right place at the right time.

    • steve

      And his “blackness” is nothing more than marketing by the media. His mother was white. But the mainstream media played on white guilt of years past, and many whites voted for him to “prove” they’re not racist and make themselves feel better. The same strategy was played in promoting the first female president in Hillary Clinton. With Obama, the strategy worked. With Hillary it didn’t, thank God.