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RNC denies Christmas message compares Trump to Jesus

In this Nov. 14, 2016 photo, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chief Strategist and Communications Director Sean Spicer appears at a post-election press briefing to discuss the RNC's role in the election, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump has named his senior communications team, choosing Sean Spicer as press secretary, Jason Miller as communications director, Hope Hicks as director of strategic communications and Daniel Scavino as director of Social Media. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s chief strategist and communications director, in November.

After some criticized a Republican National Committee Christmas message that appeared to compare Donald Trump to Jesus and call him “a new King,” the group’s spokesman struck back, saying the message had nothing to do with the president-elect.

Part of the RNC holiday message, which was released on Christmas by co-chairs Reince Priebus and Sharon Day, reads as follows: “Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”

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Some reacted forcefully to the message on social media.

However, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer, who last week was tapped by Trump to serve as press secretary, both tweeted and told CNN that the message had nothing to do with the incoming president.

“Christ is the King. He was born today so we could be saved,” Spicer tweeted. “Its sad & disappointing you are politicizing such a holy day.”

Spicer’s message was sent in response to BuzzFeed reporter David Mack’s tweet, which stated that when the reporter had asked Spicer whether there was an intentional comparison between Jesus Christ and Trump, Spicer replied, “I hope you are kidding.” A screenshot showed a purported message from Spicer to Mack stating, “To ask this on Christmas is frankly offensive.”

Spicer also attacked both CNN and BuzzFeed on Twitter, demanding that BuzzFeed apologize and criticizing CNN for mocking the RNC for “acknowledging that Christ is the King of Christians.”

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