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© Mark Wilson, Getty Images North America / AFP | Republican president-elect Donald Trump and Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, embrace in the early hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City
© Mark Wilson, Getty Images North America / AFP | Republican president-elect Donald Trump and Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, embrace in the early hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City

A Christmas statement released Sunday by the Republican National Committee (RNC) drew outrage among opponents on Twitter who objected to talk of a “new King.”

“Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day said in the statement.

“Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.”

Democrats, journalists and left-leaning Twitter users interpreted the phrasing about a “new King” as a comparison of President-elect Donald Trump to Jesus Christ. But others defended the RNC and said the line was clearly a reference to Jesus and nothing more.

 

 good lord https://t.co/9etYehnJux pic.twitter.com/srSegSWBoq

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