- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday people can bank on a return of the phrase “Merry Christmas” if he’s elected to the White House.

“The progressives are pushing to an extent that if we’re not careful, we’re [going to] have some big problems and even bigger than we have right now,” Mr. Trump said. “Look, we need people that can support us. We need people that are strong and smart and can back us.”

Mr. Trump was addressing a crowd of social conservatives at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

“The word Christmas: I love Christmas,” he said. “I love Christmas. You go to stores now, you don’t see the word Christmas. It says, ‘Happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’ “

“I want to see Christmas — no, I want to see Christmas,” he said to applause.

“And you know, other people can have their holidays … but Christmas is Christmas,” he said. “[Remember] the expression ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it anymore. You’re [going to] see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now. I can tell you right now.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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