Jill Duggar’s husband clearly doesn’t have buyer’s remorse after voting for Donald Trump. Derick Dillard recently applauded the president-elect for comments he made about the so-called “war on Christmas.”
Donald Trump is currently touring the country and speaking at victory rallies in the states that helped deliver him the presidency. During one of these rallies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump promised his supporters that they won’t have to hear the words “Happy Holidays” after he becomes president.
“We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again,” Trump said.
He complained that department stores put up seasonal decorations like fake snow, “but they don’t have ‘Merry Christmas.'”
On Saturday, Jill Duggar’s husband let his Twitter followers know that he’s a fan of Trump’s plan to make America say “Merry Christmas” again. Derick Dillard retweeted a Fox News post about the president-elect’s declaration that Americans will start hearing that particular season’s greeting a lot more in the coming years. Dillard also wished his Twitter followers a “Merry Christmas.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 10, 2016
As the Hill reports, Trump made similar comments last year, but he took them one step further by swearing that he would force all businesses to wish their customers a “Merry Christmas.”
“I’m a good Christian. If I become president, we’re gonna be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at every store,” Trump said. “You can leave ‘happy holidays’ at the corner.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2015
Derick Dillard might be a big fan of Trump’s Christmas promise, but he shouldn’t get his hopes up. The president-elect probably isn’t going to make good on it. As Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, points out, “the president has no power to determine what holiday greetings are used in stores and shops.” So far, Trump has not explained how he plans on expanding the power of the presidency so that he can make his dream of a forced national Christmas greeting come true.
As MSNBC reports, Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, seemed to suggest that no one could say “Merry Christmas” before Donald Trump won the election.
“You can say again, ‘Merry Christmas,’ because Donald Trump is now the president. You can say it again, it’s OK to say; it’s not a pejorative word anymore,” Lewandowski said during an appearance on Fox News.
However, Barack Obama clearly didn’t get the memo that saying “Merry Christmas” was a no-no, as evidenced by this video created by Slate.
Derick Dillard didn’t just vote for Trump because he thinks that the president-elect can win the “war on Christmas,” which Salon describes as “the idea that politically correct liberals have waged a war on Christmas by bullying Americans into saying ‘Happy Holidays’ rather than ‘Merry Christmas.'” According to Us Weekly, Trump’s anti-abortion stance likely played a part in Dillard’s decision to vote for him.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, a few of Donald Trump’s comments have made the media question his Christian credentials. Trump has said that he’s never asked God for forgiveness, and he’s celebrated sinful behavior by boasting about bedding married women. However, Jill Duggar’s husband believes that his vote for Trump shouldn’t be seen as support for the president-elect’s lifestyle.
“Voting for Trump doesn’t = condoning his lifestyle. It just means agreeing with more of his policies than Clinton’s,” Dillard tweeted in October.
Neuroscientist Sam Harris believes that evangelicals like Derick Dillard realize that Donald Trump is just “pretending to be religious,” especially after Trump made the mistake of referring to “Second Corinthians” as “Corinthians Two” during a speech. Trump’s religious supporters let him get away with this because he agrees with them on certain key issues.
“It is clear to them that he is just miming the language or impersonating a person of faith, but they don’t care really, as long as he does it,” Harris told RawStory. “They don’t really care that the person in charge share them. If you pretend to share them, that’s good enough.”
So Derick Dillard may not care at all about what Donald Trump believes in his heart; he’ll likely be satisfied with his vote as long as Trump keeps claiming that he’s a good Christian and makes good on his promises to restrict abortion rights and force companies to celebrate Christmas.
[Featured Image by Jill Duggar Dillard/Instagram]