The President stresses the role of faith in U.S. politics.
President Donald J. Trump brought up Christmas six months ahead of the scheduled celebration. During the “Celebrate Freedom” event at the Kennedy Center, Trump reminded Americans they will be saying “Merry Christmas” again. He also spoke about faith's role in U.S. politics, including the religious freedom guarantee enshrined in the Constitution by the First Amendment. He directly attacked against those who do not want overt references to the Christian religion in U.S. public discourse. The event was sponsored by First Baptist Dallas megachurch. Financial contributions were also made by the Salem Media Group.
The president brought up these subjects during his speech at a rally organized to honor veterans of the United States military. He also boasted about winning the election and attacked the media. He described the media as fake and alleged that the media wanted to stop him from becoming the president.
The leader of the United States then declared he will go against bureaucrats who believe they can stampede on ordinary Americans' lives and overrule their values. Trump also alleged that bureaucrats cannot dictate who can meddle in faith and instruct Americans on how to live and what to say, adding that the bureaucracy should not have any say about where to pray either.
The crowd, predominantly made up of evangelical Christians, responded to the Trump speech by a resounding applause.
President Trump alleged that politicians have tried to concentrate authority among a few in Washington, adding that he sees them all the time. He reminded them parents know better than bureaucrats on how to raise children. Parents also know how to create thriving societies. Trump highlighted that his administration understands that churches and families, and not government officials, understand best on how to create a vibrant, healthy community.
I'm going to say it now, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND IN GOD WE TRUST! President TRUMP at the freedom rally in Kennedy center
— Kim muffin (@lbryanwalker) July 2, 2017
Trump pushed up the rhetoric saying, “And, above all else, we know this: In America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.” His words were met by loud cheers. He then thanked his audience, pumped his right fist, while the crowd shouted “U-S-A” repeatedly.
For Trump, such speeches make sense as one of the many campaign promises made by him was the reassurance Americans will see the sign “Merry Christmas” again in shops and other public establishments. This strategy has handsomely paid off in electoral terms.