Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must not have a lot going on these days, because he decided to start some random crap on Twitter over his Christmas tree. Posting a picture of a tree that looks like it was taken out of a J.C. Penny catalog, Walker wrote, “This is a Christmas Tree that is used by people celebrating Christmas. This is not a holiday tree.”
Honestly, if it is his tree, someone should tell him it’s too soon for it to go up. You gotta wait until at least Thanksgiving, my dude, or you’ll be opening up presents around a big, dry, flammable stick.
This is a Christmas Tree that is used by people celebrating Christmas 🎄— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) November 8, 2019
This is not a holiday tree. pic.twitter.com/KcF2ZJxtTJ
Walker’s tweet got quickly ratio-ed for a few reasons. One is that this hardly seems like an issue. Every year, performative Christians get their panties twisted over people saying “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas,” because they think inclusivity makes baby Jesus cry. While I don’t agree, I do understand that at least these interactions happen in public, at work, in stores, etc.
Furthermore, Walker, who is the former governor of Wisconsin, wrote this tweet in response to current Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who has gone back to officially calling the evergreen a “Holiday Tree” after Walker had declared it a “Christmas Tree.”
But who is kicking your door and mislabeling your tree? What does it matter if people decorate a bush inside their own homes and call it something different from you? How would you even know?!
The annual tradition of Republicans pretending as if they haven't been allowed to say "Christmas" is just so supremely weird. https://t.co/9EYqEq5fF8— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 9, 2019
Hey Scott, you silly goose, trees were being decorated with dried fruit and other decorations waaay before missionaries brought Christianity to France and Germany.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) November 9, 2019
They are quite literally trees used to signify various holidays over the last two millennia and prior... https://t.co/VCxXHRi494
literally no one cares what you call your tree, you doorknob https://t.co/IhsCGK9xj4— 🍁Imani Gandied Yams🍁 (@AngryBlackLady) November 9, 2019
Please can we get #CandyCornWars trending?? 😂— The Nunes Cat (@ddn1925) November 8, 2019
They love to get themselves ALL worked up over coffee cups and greeting cards.— #HighPlainsGirl (@HighPlainsGirl1) November 9, 2019
But talk to them about people dying from gun violence and lack of healthcare, and watch them yawn.
The other reason is that the Christmas tree is famously unrelated to Christ. It was a pagan symbol, used in their winter solstice celebrations, and adopted by Christianity as many pagan holidays and traditions were. It’s a lot easier to convert people if you incorporate their customs instead of trying to stamp them out, which is some the GOP should learn.
...and Puritans thought it was vulgar to take a day of leisure on Christmas...— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 9, 2019
...and Christmas trees weren’t even a thing in the U.S. until the middle of the 1800s.
Wait until finds out what the Easter bunny is all about... pic.twitter.com/SE9WcC0mxt— nice_marmot (@the_unachiever) November 9, 2019
One of the best reply chains might be people just stating what things are in increasingly absurd ways, though none of them quite top Walker’s tree galaxy brain:
This is a family tree. Used to trace your family history. It is also not a holiday tree. pic.twitter.com/YALCQNngRW— Amanda Jeyaretnam (@Liberal_Isms) November 9, 2019
This is the tree of life. Also not a holiday tree. But a very important tree. pic.twitter.com/wbGNSBOse2
— Kristin LeydigBryant (@ClarityatWork) November 10, 2019
This is a Phone Tree that is used by people trying to disseminate info quickly.— Alison Rosen (@AlisonRosen) November 8, 2019
It is ALSO not a holiday tree. pic.twitter.com/vb2YHxsktF
And yeah, he did steal the pic:
At least Walker didn’t set up his tree already. Then I might actually be worried about him.