On Sunday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) tweeted out a Christmas greeting that included a reference to a "new King."
"Merry Christmas to all!" wrote RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day, according to TheHill.com. "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. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends."
Twitter users were baffled and a little horrified to see a major political party calling its Republican-elect a "king" before he's even sworn into office.
Dear RNC: We don't have a "new King." What the hell is wrong with you people? #TwoPaths #Vigilance— John Weaver (@John Weaver) 1482687798.0
"New King" message is proof GOP can't even get Christmas right. @Reince needs to read what the revolution was fought against to form USA.— Jay Lawrence (@Jay Lawrence) 1482690236.0
BEHOLD! @Reince Pronounceth A New King Hath Been... uh...electeth...by...uh... Russia. https://t.co/5TCZbPcYxG— Real Fake P0TUS (@Real Fake P0TUS) 1482689923.0
The @GOP is comparing Trump to Jesus and calls him our "new King" because delusion and terror don't take a break for Christmas— Ryan Rosenblatt, World Series Champion (@Ryan Rosenblatt, World Series Champion) 1482686871.0
Dear RNC: DJT is not our new king. https://t.co/fJkgJe7sPb— Shana Roy (@Shana Roy) 1482691582.0
Getting hard to keep track of who's drinking whose Kool-Aid. https://t.co/xrepUWmYCj— Alex Parker (@Alex Parker) 1482686467.0
The distinction between a president and a king is not trivial https://t.co/8At2sHon1E— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait) 1482686341.0
The party frantically tried to correct the spin through spokesperson -- and newly nominated White House press secretary -- Sean Spicer, who said the tweet had nothing to do with Trump.
"Christ is the King in the Christian faith," Spicer said.