From somewhere deep within the sick, bizarre mind of Donald Trump, he told his supporters at a rally in Florida that he wouldn’t let the “radical left” change Thanksgiving’s name. After taking credit for making it okay for Americans to say “Merry Christmas” once again, Trump said, “As we gather for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving. They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving.”
It’s not real clear who on the left Trump believes is trying to change the name of Thanksgiving, which is a secular American holiday. However, it is clear where he got this crazy notion.Apparently some of the “fair and balanced” on-air personalities at Fox News have claimed that progressives in America are trying to “cancel” Thanksgiving. This conclusion was seemingly based on a single article which noted the climate impact of the American holiday.
The article, which appeared in HuffPost, is an examination of the carbon footprint of various parts of the Thanksgiving traditional meal, plus the travel made by the 50 million Americans to visit family. This triggered a series of Fox News shows decrying it as the start of a new “War on Thanksgiving.”
So Trump, watching his favorite channel, ran with this bogus War on Thanksgiving nonsense and warned his adoring fans at a rally to beware of this insidious plot by the big, bad liberals to deprive America of Thanksgiving.
And of course, to give their beloved Trump cover, Fox News framed Trump’s baseless claim with the following headline: “Trump vows not to change the name of Thanksgiving despite cries from the ‘radical left.’”
I am sitting here in our clean house with the aromas of dinner cooking in the oven and on the stove as we await our guests to arrive. But it’s really hard to have a pleasant Thanksgiving when I read about bullshit like this.
Especially when it comes from the mouth of the president of my country.