Opponents to President-elect Donald Trump still haven’t been able to come to grips with the fact that he will be the next president of the United States.
Critics are lashing out at the RNC for allegedly comparing Trump to Jesus in a Christmas email sent out by the RNC. Here’s what it reads:
“Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.”
The RNC holds this message was simply encouraging people today, just as Christians do every year, to celebrate the fact that Jesus came down to earth as a baby King.
While it (admittedly) wasn’t written particularly well, people on both sides seem to agree this was not an attempt to compare Trump to Jesus.
Y'all, he's talking about Jesus. It's a basic Christian statement.
Ease up. https://t.co/AWQKWKHOvF
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) December 25, 2016
Before you get mad they didn't call Trump a king. They're using present tense for Jesus. RNC is still awful tho
— Danielle Sepulveres (@ellesep) December 25, 2016
But that’s not stopping those on the extreme left from stretching to make this a legitimate criticism.
Jonathan Chait of New York magazine said, “The distinction between a president and a king is not trivial.”
Politico reporter Glenn Thrush quoted the statement and wrote “#KEOTUS,” meaning “King-elect of the United States.”
When Trump’s incoming Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, was asked if they were indeed trying to make Trump into Jesus, he replied: “I hope you are kidding. Christ is the King in the Christian faith. To ask this on Christmas is frankly offensive.”
This criticism appears somewhat ironic coming from the media, given how many of their own often treated Obama with an elevated reverence.
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) December 25, 2016
The very same media expressing alarmism today often deified Obama.
Newsweek editor Evan Thomas didn’t compare Obama to God, he said he was pretty close to one himself.
In an interview on the Chris Matthews show on MSNBC, Thomas said:
“I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”
Thomas went on to explain Obama had a ‘moral authority’ over others.
“He’s going to bring all different sides together…Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn’t even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He’s all about let us reason together…He’s the teacher. He is going to say, ‘now, children, stop fighting and quarreling with each other.’ And he has a kind of a moral authority that he – he can – he can do that.”
The deification of Obama still goes on today. A recent article from Politico highlights how Obama volunteers view their leader:
Obama is still a powerful force for the generation that grew up working for him.
“He’s our Jesus Christ. We’re crazy,” said Jaff, not without self-awareness. “It’s 10 years later, and we’re still obsessed.”
Obama often positioned himself in a way which appeared to be not in line with common man, but above them. The image which became the trademark of his campaign asked voters to place their ultimate hope not in God, but in man.
Newsweek offered this interesting cover photo of Obama back in 2012:
There were also several instances of media photogs going out of their way to position Obama in the best light possible – literally.
Here’s one the media went giddy over.
The White House made sure to get the perfect angle:
The media was fond of any photo of Obama clothed in rainbows.