Donald Trump is making a “huge” campaign promise that may be difficult for even him to deliver, as reported by Fox News: “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying, ‘Merry Christmas’ again. That I can tell you,” Thousands gathered to see Trump on Monday in Springfield, Illinois, for an appearance at the Prairie Capital Convention Center to hear him speak at a pre-debate rally on Monday evening. Trump is jumping on the “War on Christmas” bandwagon. Trump continues his campaign to become the Republican nominee, on the heels of a controversial appearance on NBC’s iconic television show, Saturday Night Live. One review of Trump’s performance on SNL from Time.com say “he played it safe” by vetoing a “a couple of skits that were too risqué.” His performance was rather “lame” and very “un-Trump like,” but outside NBC studios were protestors carrying sings saying “Shut up Trump” and with the hashtag”#RacismIsntFunny.” The free tickets went quickly, but embattled Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner did not reserve a ticket for the “huge” event.
Rauner has his own problems trying to pass a state budget and cleaning up the mess he has created in Springfield in cutting child care funding and funding for disability services. A public appearance with Trump would only complicate matters. Had Rauner attended, he would have heard Trump’s calling for a boycott of Starbucks, for the popular coffee house’s audacity to use “red” holiday cups that dropped the words “Merry Christmas,” reported the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday.
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks,” Trump told 10,000 cheering fans during a pre-debate rally in Springfield, Illinois on Monday evening. “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know,” he said. “Seriously, I don’t care.”
Seriously, he doesn’t know and he doesn’t care, but in Donald Trump style, put it out there. Not to leave the impression that Starbucks and the burning issue of “Merry Christmas” was the theme of the night, Donald Trump also attacked his favorite target, Dr. Ben Carson, who has been leading many national and local polls of late. Trump took a jab at the recent spate of stories that Carson embellished his life story in his autobiography, Gifted Hands.
“People are getting away with murder,” Trump told the Springfield crowd. “You can say anything about anybody and their poll numbers go up. No matter what you do. If you try and hit your mother over the head with a hammer, your poll numbers go up.” Carson has written that he once threatened his mother with a hammer during an argument when he was a teenager.
Trump also took on Hillary Clinton. Trump told the Springfield crowd he would “easily” beat her, although a recent poll showed only Dr. Carson could beat her. He riled the crowd bashing Clinton. “Can you imagine Hillary being president? Can you imagine?” to chants of “No.” He said Clinton is running “to stay out of jail” for her personal email scandal. “We’re going to look into that crime very, very seriously,” Trump said to cheers.
That is, the usual Donald drivel about his opponents or possible opponents. Trump also took jabs at Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.