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Trump And Obama Fans In Competition Over Christmas Tweet Popularity

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania sent out a brief video wishing America a 'Merry Christmas'. The video is not nearly as viral, however, as a simple photo tweeted by the Obamas.

On Twitter, Obama supporters attempt to rub it in, and also call out Trump's claim that he's brought Christmas back to the White House. They say it never left.

"MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!" Trump wrote in the caption of his Christmas tweet. He shared a video with Melania that showed the White House Christmas decorations, some clips of the Trumps meeting with children, members of the military and visiting Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

"For Christians, we remember the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, that began more than 2,000 years ago," Trump said. He proceeded to quote the book of Isaiah.

For some, it was the warm and spiritual message about Christmas that they have been longing to hear from our country's leader for a long time. Many conservatives have felt there has been a 'war on Christmas', with the government and merchants trying to wipe the very word 'Christmas' out of the season. Many felt that Former President Barack Obama was largely responsible for the political correctness run amok.

Obama fans took to Twitter to mock Trump fans. The Obama family tweeted a Christmas greeting as well. The former POTUS shared an image of himself, his wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, as well as five small children dressed as elves.

"On behalf of the Obama family, Merry Christmas! We wish you joy and peace this holiday season," it read.

"Wanted to keep you up to date; Obama's Christmas greeting is at 1.3 MILLION, why is yours only 186K?" one Obama supporter tweeted mockingly on Trump's twitter feed.

Obama's tweet has been shared, liked and commented on far more than Trump's has, and many liberals found vindication in the small win.

One Republican left a snarky comment for Obama as well. "Did I just read, "Merry Christmas," from the Obama family? Did it take a #MAGA man to shame you into saying a word with "Christ" in it? Of course, this is the day of Jesus Christ's birth so #HappyBirthdayJesusand #MerryChristmasAmerica."

Trump promised that under his presidency, America would be 'saying Merry Christmas again'. In his eight years in the White House, the Obama holiday greeting cards have been just that - seasonal greetings. Not one mentioned the word 'Christmas'.

The first two words on the Trumps' first cards were 'Merry Christmas'.

Obama supporters have been trying to point out that the former POTUS actually said Merry Christmas every single year he was in office in his greetings and addresses. It is true that Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s addresses always included the phrase. Despite the fact that it wasn't written on cards, he did not shy away from using it in public or in conversation.

The George W. Bush administration, Bill Clinton administration, and in fact all administrations in recent memory have acknowledged Christmas from the White House, so Trump has gotten a lot of criticism for crediting himself for bringing it back, when many feel it never left.

Even if ‘Merry Christmas’ hasn’t gone anywhere, those who prefer tradition feel a weight has been lifted.

Source: Newsweek, NPR
Photo: Twitter, Wikimedia Commons

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