Just hours after President Trump admitted to reimbursing his personal attorney for a $130,000 hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in return for her silence about an alleged affair they had while he was married to his wife First Lady Melania Trump, Trump on Thursday claimed Americans are saying “One nation under God” and “Merry Christmas” again because of him.
“One nation under God. So important. And we say it. A lot of people, you know, they don’t say it. But you know what? They’re starting to say it more, just like we’re starting to say ‘merry Christmas’ when that day comes around,” he said during a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden.
“You notice a big difference between now and two or three years ago?” Trump added, taking a swipe at former President Obama. “It was going in the other direction rapidly. Now it’s straight up.”
Trump takes veiled shot at Obama, who he falsely accused of being a secret Muslim from Africa.
"We're starting to say merry Christmas again… You notice a big difference between now and two or three years ago? It was going in the other direction rapidly, right?" pic.twitter.com/PP3IjUYPa0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 3, 2018
Unfortunately for the president, a newly resurfaced tweet from December 23, 2010, uses the exact “politically correct” language he has consistently railed against on the campaign trail.
“Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season!” Trump tweeted.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2010
In 2015, then-candidate Trump mailed a Christmas card to his supporters which also used the dreaded “politically correct” language.
“Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays,” the card states.
There’s also this 2010 holiday message from Trump International Hotel & Tower general manager Suzie Mills, in which the word “holiday” is typed and spoken but not the word “Christmas.”
And then he did this:
@shanesgranny Thanks and Happy Holidays.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2012
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2012
The Hill added:
The president announced at the event that he was singing an executive order creating a new faith-based initiative at the White House, which was attended by leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths.
Afterward the president’s speech, reporters shouted questions about the $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, but Trump did not answer.
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to acknowledge he paid back personal attorney Michael Cohen through a monthly retainer, contradicting his earlier claims that he knew nothing about the payment.
Trump said such arrangements “are very common among celebrities and people of wealth” and “was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) revealed during an interview Wednesday night on Fox News that Trump did reimburse Cohen for the payment.