From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
When Christmas rolls around, it’s time to put up the politics. While it’s likely going to get discussed at the family gathering in some capacity, the divisiveness of it can be…well, divisive.
While I can pardon the random debate or political conversation between uncle Tom and cousin Kylie, who just got her hair died pink and showed up wearing an “abortion is a human right” t-shirt with her girlfriend Chuck, there’s something about a politician making Christmas about the divisiveness of politics that bugs me.
Check out what various Democrats tweeted out during Christmas time this year.
“One year ago today, Felipe Gómez Alonzo died in CBP custody. He was just eight years old,” tweeted Elizabeth Warren. “This Christmas, I’m heartsick for all of the families who won’t be celebrating together today because of the Trump administration’s cruel treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers.”
One year ago today, Felipe Gómez Alonzo died in CBP custody. He was just eight years old.
This Christmas, I'm heartsick for all of the families who won't be celebrating together today because of the Trump administration's cruel treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 25, 2019
Warren isn’t “heartsick.” She’s not thinking of Alonzo. She’s just searching for a way to gin up outrage against President Donald Trump around families being torn apart during a holiday about bringing your family together. As the Daily Caller noted, the story around Alonzo has more to it than Warren would tell you, and the death wasn’t Trump’s fault:
What Warren did not mention was the fact that Alonzo’s father, who was with him when he crossed the border, had refused further treatment of him. When officials noticed that his condition had worsened, they took him to the hospital anyway, where he passed away in spite of their efforts to help him.
Warren is willing to use Christmas, a holiday of togetherness that celebrates the birth of Christ, as a weapon instead of a societal salve.
I get that Americans are known for crossing rivers on Christmas to kill their enemies, but we’re a nation trying to find peace in a single quiet day, and Warren wants to sew anger and hate.
For some reason, Jill Biden, the wife of Democrat 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden, took the same route and made a show of attacking American immigration policies under Trump.
“On Sunday, I walked across the Gateway International Bridge into Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico to meet with asylum seekers. I witnessed both the cruelty of our policy and the grace of acts of kindness,” she tweeted out along with pictures of herself being oh so generous and caring.
On Sunday, I walked across the Gateway International Bridge into Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico to meet with asylum seekers. I witnessed both the cruelty of our policy and the grace of acts of kindness. pic.twitter.com/Xz2SbMJuzK
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) December 24, 2019
As my colleague Nick Arama noted on the event, this display of affection for these oh so poor asylum seekers who are suffering under the horrific and cruel policies of Trump was more fashion than function, and also ignored that her husband was something of a cause for what she’s seeing now:
But the folks waiting there are there voluntarily, they can leave and go home. And it’s because of the policies of President Donald Trump that there now are fewer people crossing, leading to fewer people waiting, crossing dangerously or being detained. That’s far more effective as a policy than handing out food for a couple of hours or seemingly agitating for open borders.
Shall we note the policies in place when her husband was in office in the Obama administration? When they built what they now decry as “cages,” were responsible for a lot of hardship because their policies incited the overwhelming influx and actually turned children over to human traffickers because they didn’t check sufficiently on to whom they were turning them over? And didn’t resolve any of the appreciable problems?
Pete Buttigieg to me was one of the worst offenders. As he often does, Buttigieg attempted to shame Christians into agreeing with him, which any Christian with a little knowledge will know this mayor of a failing city is often a misinformed and ignorant position.
“Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee,” he tweeted. “No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.”
Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee.
No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 25, 2019
This is a gross misinterpretation of the events. As I’ve written in the past, Jesus was not a refugee:
Matthew: 2:12-14 tells us the story in question. An angel of the Lord came to Joseph and told him to take Mary and dear eight-pound-six-ounce newborn infant Jesus out of Judea and into Egypt in order to escape the murderous clutches of Herod. Joseph obeyed, and rode out into the night with his divinely given charges. It was there they stayed until Herod died.
On the surface, this seems pretty refugee/immigrant like.
However, one thing that goes completely overlooked or ignored is that, at that time, Judea and Egypt (then known as Aegyptus) were all within the borders of the Roman empire. Both countries were occupied land under Ceaser, and even though Herod was King of Judea, he ruled on behalf of Ceasar. Jesus and His family, while provincial citizens, were what we would consider Roman nationals who paid taxes to Rome though they weren’t necessarily citizens of the Roman state. Fleeing to Egypt, then under the personal control of Augustus himself, was on par to moving from New York and into Texas.
Seeing as how Jesus was a national of the Roman empire, “refugee” isn’t the term to use here. He and his family left a Roman territory for a Roman territory where a vibrant Jewish population was residing in Egypt. Comparing him to some people crossing the southern border in America from a whole different country in order to get at its economic opportunities and entitlements is not nearly the same as what Jesus was doing.
Gross misinterpretations aside, the fact that Buttigieg wanted to use the reason for the season Himself as a way to smite Trump on Christmas tells me more things about Buttigieg that I don’t like than not.
In fact, that goes for all of them.
While America is trying to get along and celebrate something wholesome and good, the Democrats want to fight. They not only want to fight, but they also want us to fight.
I’m personally disgusted by the display.