The holidays are starting early for President Donald Trump, who told the crowd at Friday's Values Voter Summit that he's bringing “Merry Christmas” back.
While the phrase was, of course, never banned or outlawed, Trump's remark speaks to a deeper culture war brewing over political correctness — one the president is all too willing to push back against.
“We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values," Trump said. ”[A]nd something I said so much during the last two years, but I'll say it again: As we approach the end of the year, you know we're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore."
“They don't use the word 'Christmas' because it's not politically correct," he continued. ”[W]ell, guess what? We're saying 'Merry Christmas' again."
That line drew immediate — and intense — applause and even a lengthy standing ovation from the audience gathered in Washington, D.C.
Trump stayed on the Christmas theme, saying he hopes Congress delivers “a Christmas gift” to American workers by passing “massive tax cuts” before the holidays arrive.
“Because we know that the American family is the true bedrock of American life — so true,” the president said.
Another major culture war Trump has found himself in the center of is the debate over NFL players choosing to protest during the national anthem. In September, he suggested any athlete who demonstrates during the ceremony should be fired.
Following the Trump administration's pushback on the issue, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced he believes “everyone should stand for the national anthem.”
Watch Trump's comments on Christmas below.