It is inconceivable that one man could sow such incredible hatred around the world in such a short space of time. But so despised is Trump and so catastrophic is his decision making, that the Israeli town of Nazareth has officially cancelled Christmas in response to his decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite the entire planet refusing to do so. From News Week:
Nazareth, the mostly Muslim town in current-day Israel where Christians believe Jesus Christ was raised, canceled all Christmas celebrations this year, saying that President Donald Trump had taken the joy out of the holiday.
The decision by Mayor Ali Salam to cancel festivities was made in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move the Muslim mayor, who once compared himself to Trump, found offensive.
“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said during a press conferenceThursday. “The decision [by Trump about Jerusalem] has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”
The cancelation will cost the historic town severely as the annual festivities—including a Christmas market, a parade, and multiple concerts—draw tens of thousands of pilgrims.
But this year the mayor determined that the situation in the region is too fraught for joy because of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem has inflamed the Muslim world and created a far more dangerous climate between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It has also isolated the US from the rest of the international community and made the peace process all but impossible given America’s unquestioning funding of Israel’s expansion into Palestinian territory. It is hard to think why Trump thought this would be a good idea given the enormous backlash he knew he would face. The only conclusion one can reasonably draw is that he saw it as yet another opportunity to create chaos and destruction around him. Trump thrives in chaotic situations and the more of it he creates, the longer he is able to survive unscathed. He has applied this philosophy to domestic governance and has managed to survive truly appalling scandals, so he clearly thinks throwing the Middle East into chaos will create opportunities for him to thrive.
Either way, with Jesus Christ’s official hometown refusing to celebrate Christmas because of Trump’s decision is deeply symbolic of just how reviled his presidency has become. Could he be any more cartoonishly evil?
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.