Trump offers Kwanzaa greetings
For President Trump, it’s time to say “happy Kwanzaa.”
The president issued a statement Tuesday marking the beginning of the seven-day festival.
“Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African American heritage and culture. Together, let us celebrate during this joyous time the richness of the past and look with hope toward a brighter future,” Trump said.
“As families and friends join to light the Kinara, Melania and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year to come,” he said.
During the holiday season, Trump has argued he made it OK to wish people a “merry Christmas” again.
It’s a message he has used to combat what he sees as rampant political correctness.
“People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!” Trump tweeted on Christmas Eve.
In 2011, Trump criticized then-President Obama, claiming he was downplaying Christmas.
“What a convenient mistake: @BarackObama issued a statement for Kwanza but failed to issue one for Christmas,” Trump tweeted at the time.
That year, Obama wished followers a “Merry Christmas” on his Twitter account and repeated the greeting in a holiday video with first lady Michelle Obama.
Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also marked the Kwanzaa celebration in statements.
Kwanzaa, which was first celebrated in 1966, culminates with a feast and gift giving. The holiday ends Jan. 1.
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