President Trump announced he will not allow the “radical left” to change the name of Thanksgiving at a rally held in Sunrise, Fl. on Tuesday.
The president claimed at his “homecoming rally” that the left is pushing to change the name of the holiday after what he describes as a “war on Christmas.”
“As we gather together for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump began Tuesday night. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas. But now everybody’s using Christmas again. Remember this?”
While campaigning for the 2016 election Trump said that he was a “good Christian” and would ensure people could freely “say ‘Merry Christmas’ again” in public places like stores instead of being obligated to opt for the secular greeting “Happy Holidays,” according to The Hill.
“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving,” Trump continued at the Florida rally. “People have different ideas. Why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room, I know, loves the name Thanksgiving. And we’re not changing.”
Native Americans have organized an annual protest since 1970 dubbed the National Day of Mourning on the same day as Thanksgiving, gathering on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth.
A plaque erected at the protest site by the town of Plymouth on behalf of the United American Indians of New England states, “Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture.”
At the rally, Trump stated that there was much to be thankful for right now. “The economy is booming. Wages are rising. Crime is falling. Poverty is plummeting. Confidence is soaring. And America is stronger than ever before.”
Trump also accused “the radical left Democrats” of “trying to rip our nation apart,” with the “Russia hoax” and now with House Impeachment hearings.