In Defense Of Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump takes phone calls from children as he participates in tracking Santa Claus' movements with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve in the East Room of the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- As part of my new year’s resolution to try to find ways to promote positivity whenever possible--or at least discourage unnecessary negativity--I have to take issue with an online headline from the Globe website yesterday: “Did President Trump ruin Christmas for a 7-year-old?”

The story from the Associated Press recounts how the president and first lady spent part of Christmas Eve taking calls from kids who call NORAD--the military agency that tracks Santa’s journey--to find out when he will be arriving.

President Trump took a call from a 7-year-old girl named Collman and video of the event shows him asking the child: “Are you still a believer in Santa?”

After listening briefly, Mr. Trump adds: “Because at 7, it’s marginal right?”

He listens again, smiles and laughs, and tells the kid to enjoy herself before moving on.

A reporter tracked down Collman, and guess what? The president didn’t “ruin” Christmas for her.

She doesn’t even know what “marginal” means.

And there’s nothing in the video that suggests the president was doing anything more than trying--in his own, somewhat awkward way--to jolly the kid.

Would it have been less risky for him not to joke about whether or not Santa exists?

Yes.

But the president “ruined Christmas for a 7-year-old”?

Come on.

That headline was a lazy effort to jam an ill-fitting piece into the cartoonish mosaic of Trump as an unredeemed creep.

Lazy, and unnecessary.

How about if we all try to do better than this in 2019?

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