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Donald Trump Hates Kids

Donald Trump should not be allowed around children. Ever. Evidently, it’s not enough that he has to ruin Christmas for federal workers, but he has to try and wreck it for young children, too. In between holding the government hostage with his temper tantrum about his wall, Trump almost ruined a 7-year-old’s Christmas by questioning her belief in Santa Claus.

On Christmas Eve, Collman Lloyd of Lexington, South Carolina decided to call up the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to get some stats on Santa Claus’s current location. NORAD famously tracks Santa Claus’s journey every Christmas Eve (seriously, it’s a lot of fun for kids and even adults, too) online, but kids can also call NORAD if they want.

For some reason, Donald and Melania Trump were at NORAD helping to take calls from children. There’s no explanation as to why they were there; I think they probably just wandered inside, sat at the telephones, and no one felt they could ask them to leave. And presumably, Melania just wanted to get the hell out of the White House for a while. With Donald’s current moods permeating the premises, it’s likely more than a little suffocating in there.

So, young Collman called up NORAD and the scientist who answered asked the seven-year-old whether she would like to talk to the president of the United States. Why this scientist thought it a good idea to subject this innocent child to this giant loud-mouthed tangerine is beyond me. After being on hold for six minutes, Collman was patched through to Donald Trump where they had this exchange:

“Are you still a believer in Santa?” (Donald Trump)

“Yes, sir.” (Collman Lloyd)

“Because at 7, that’s marginal, right?” (Donald Trump)

Collman responded with a “yes” as she said later that she didn’t know what the word “marginal” meant. This sparked talk among news outlets as to whether Trump had possibly ruined Santa for this little girl and causing Collman to question a few things.

“I was like, ‘wow.’ I was shocked. I just had to think of what the truth was.”

Anyway, I’m glad to say that this story has a happy ending. After assessing the situation, Collman decided that Santa Claus is real after all and received her great Christmas wish: a brand new American Girl Doll.

And really, Santa Claus is the personification of generosity itself. He’s a symbol of the Christmas spirit. We teach this to little children through fairy tale and myth so they can understand the gift of giving (and develop an imagination). The original belief won’t and can’t remain, but as children grow older, they learn that while Santa Claus isn’t whom they thought he was, they can understand and appreciate what he represents in regards to the spirit of the holiday: kindness and generosity.

That’s a story and lesson we can all learn from including Donald Trump.

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