“Trump just hasn’t put Christ back in Christmas, but he’s also put prayer back into the White House,” White said in a Monday interview on Fox News.
“We don’t have to be afraid of the political correct police anymore. What makes America great is that we were founded on a Judeo-Christian nation,” she said. “He understands it.”
.@Paula_White on @POTUS: “His faith is such an important part of his life. It guides him, it leads him.” pic.twitter.com/eablaUc24W— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 26, 2017
During his campaign ad into his presidency, Trump repeatedly invoked the so-called War on Christmas — a decades-old trope that stokes fears that there is an ongoing cultural assault on Christianity. This year, the president declared a victory of sorts.
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!!!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
White leads a megachurch in Florida and has been associated with teaching what is known as the Prosperity Gospel. She is the chair of Trump’s evangelical advisory board, has led “laying hands” prayer sessions in the Oval Office and has a penchant for some Jewish garb and ritual.
Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum .
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