Is Trump the Festivus President?

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Today, December 23, is Festivus, a holiday that originated from a 1997 episode of Seinfeld. Since its sitcom debut, it has become a part of the popular culture as a non-commercial holiday. As George Costanza’s father Frank explains, it is the “a Festivus for the rest of us”.

Watch the complete explanation from Seinfeld:

On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to bring back “Merry Christmas” instead of the more inclusive “Happy Holidays”, which is one campaign promise he has kept, wishing a “Merry Christmas” every chance he has had during this holiday season.

But is Christmas a truly Trumpian holiday? It seems that Festivus might be a better fit for our president, because of its key feature: Airing of Grievances. CNN points out that Trump is an expert at airing his grievances, something he actually does year round on his Twitter account. Here is a sample of the grievances listed there:

Russia investigation

Other TV and movie celebrities

NFL players

Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

The article list many other categories of Trump grievance, including:

  • Not winning the popular vote in 2016
  • Protesters
  • Mexico
  • The Media

There are many more, which you can check out: CNN.

It seems that Festivus was invented for Trump. Here’s to Festivus 2017 being the one and only presided over by Donald Trump and that Festivus 2018 will be a Trump-free holiday. Happy Festivus everyone!

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