Republicans had quite an interesting message for everyone this Christmas -- a "new King" has arrived.
In their annual holiday statement, the GOP normally doesn't say much of interest, but this year was different (as were a lot of things post-Donald Trump). The statement began with a reminder of the biblical story of the "Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind." Standard fare.
But the next line shocked everyone:
Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King
You can read the entire message here. Is the Republican party really comparing Donald Trump to Jesus Christ? Do they really believe that Trump will be King of the U.S. -- or the world?
Several hours after the statement was released, the Republican party released a clarification saying that "new King" was a reference to Jesus Christ. That would make sense; however, the statement mentions "this Christmas" and contains a simile referencing the original Christmas. At best, that puts the clarification in question.
Reaction to the statement was quick and strong. Many people on social media were greatly concerned about the meaning:
Meanwhile, others joked about it
REINCE: We weren't calling Trump the New King.
CONWAY: Don't be silly.
TRUMP: I am the New King!
REINCE & CONWAY: Uh, that's what we meant!
-- Daniel Radosh (@danielradosh) December 25, 2016
According to the GOP website, the statement was written by current RNC chair Reince Priebus -- who is set to take on the role of chief of staff to Trump in January. It may not have been so concerning if it were not for the way Trump has acted with respect to journalists and international relations. If the GOP is really looking at Trump as an incoming king, we are bound to face some very tough times ahead.