RNC Exhibits Genius in “New King” Christmas declaration
Whether or not it was calculated, the Republican National Committee produced a Christmas declaration that benefited them at least four ways with little or no down side. The statement they issued was as follows:
"Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”
For starters, it does make one wonder why the national committee of the political party that recently won the White House for the first time in eight years chose to issue such a statement. Is this routine? Do they always acknowledge universally commemorated religious events? Or were there specific causes of this year’s effusion?
Of course, the RNC claims innocent motives and surprise at the reaction on social media, in the mainline media, and among their political opponents. The notion that they issued this statement to draw any kind of comparison of their president-elect to the Son of God gives them several ways to try to profit from the controversy. I would suggest they get to benefit as follows:
1. For those Americans inclined to make the same connection between Trump and Christ the RNC statement becomes a validation or affirmation.
2. The RNC is seen as “pro-Christian” if anybody had doubted it.
3. They get to position themselves as victims of petty, small-minded opponents who appear to protest every Republican utterance.
4. They get to keep alive the fiction of religious persecution in this country without having to address any legitimate religious issue.
If this was calculated, it was truly genius. If, as the RNC claims, it was innocent, then their streak of positive, lucky benefits continues unabated.