After the President publicly announced that the war on Christmas had been won, Goldberg and the other women on the panel of The View dissected the topic.
Christmas is four months away, and yet, President Trump’s recent comments at a rally in Tampa have got the media talking about the ‘war on Christmas.’
One such show to open the topic up for debate was the popular ABC talk show The View.
While the other hosts on the panel seemed confused by the relevance of the President’s declaration in the middle of the year, Meghan McCain explained the reason behind the POTUS’ remarks.
McCain reminded the panel and the viewers that she had worked for Fox News for a few years, and she fully understood how the term ‘War on Christmas’ was used significantly by the right to capture the attention of the masses.
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She explained that the term gave the impression that the culture shift of not saying ‘Merry Christmas’ was an indirect threat to the beliefs of Christianity in America.
The daughter of the respected Republican Senator John McCain emphasized that the issue was anything but trivial for politically conservative Americans.
McCain also stated that for conservative leaders, bringing up ‘War on Christmas’ meant striking a chord with their base of supporters.
Co-host Joy Behar drew attention to how Trump supporters were enraged by the ‘War on Christmas’ but not by the war on immigrants, the press or on democracy altogether.
Following Joy Behar’s comment, Sunny Hostin openly questioned the legitimacy of the term, asking whether the war was even real.
Without responding to the question directly, Goldberg was quick to defend the replacement of the phrase ‘Merry Christmas.’
She expressed her opinion that saying ‘Happy Holidays’ was a more inclusive way of greeting people, especially if their religious orientation is unknown.
However, McCain reiterated that changing ‘Merry Christmas’ was not going to go down well with rightist politicians or their supporters.
As the voice of the Republican party on the show, McCain contradicted Goldberg’s opinion, stating her belief that saying ‘Merry Christmas’ is not a sign of intolerance.
She stood by her side of the argument stating that as a Christian, she would like to be able to wish people ‘Merry Christmas.’ McCain also asserted that no one she knew has taken offense to the greeting.
Goldberg agreed that there should be no rigid rules around using or not using any specific greeting. On the flip side, she also pointed out that not using ‘Merry Christmas’ should not be called a ‘war.’
In response, McCain tried to justify the term stating that it was warlike in the cultural sense and suggested that Trump was a genius to use it to appeal to his base.
The liberal side of the table had the last word on the topic, with Goldberg suggesting that that the debate was a pointless one and Hostin calling it ‘fake news.’
The ‘War on Christmas’ surfaced in the news after President Trump gave credit to his campaign for bringing back the phrase ‘Merry Christmas.’