The Internet Torches ‘Supervillain’ Trump For Ruining Christmas For 7-Year-Old
President Donald Trump triggered an avalanche of negative comments on Christmas day after he asked a 7-year-old if he believes in Santa Claus.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump late Monday took calls from children about Santa’s whereabouts, a presidential tradition in conjunction with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“Merry Christmas. How are you?” Trump asked one caller. “How old are you? … Are you doing well in school? … Are you still a believer in Santa?”
After a short pause to hear the child’s response, the president then added: “Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?”
Lawmakers, media figures and hundreds of social media users took to Twitter to share their reaction to Trump’s bizarre question, with one calling the president a “Supervillian”.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) later tweeted disapproval of Trump’s remark, saying: “It’s just too freaking fantastic that Trump spent his Christmas Eve calling seven year olds and telling them believing in Santa at their age is ‘marginal’.”
“If you’re 7, yes, Santa Claus exists and loves you,” tweeted former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, a prominent Trump critic. “And he’s on his way.”
Many critics said that Trump’s original question may have ruined Christmas for a young child by suggesting that Santa Claus didn’t exist.
The New York Times even tweeted about an article about the comments: “Kids, Please Do Not Read This Article on What Trump Said About Santa Claus.”
Donald Trump asking a 7-year-old if they still believe in Santa is to Christmas as Steven Mnuchin is randomly reassuring us that banks aren’t in a liquidity crisis. https://t.co/gjDdqFOA6b
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) December 25, 2018
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) December 25, 2018
At least this kid’s “how I found out Santa wasn’t real” story will be interesting https://t.co/8SvfyUb1fY
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) December 25, 2018
war on Christmas https://t.co/C20rLcvxxv
— Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) December 25, 2018
Earlier tonight walking next to some tourists on M Street, I heard the kid ask his parents if Santa was shut down too. The mom replied, "No, even Trump can't screw that up."
He screwed it up! https://t.co/u8kHIS5Jwb
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) December 25, 2018
So, I did this once to an eight-year-old, expressing disbelief that he still believed in Santa. The difference is, I was six. https://t.co/O0ZhQXnu2a
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) December 25, 2018
One thing about a pathological liar is they never know when it’s the right time to tell the truth. https://t.co/UHw89XrgGc
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) December 25, 2018
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