Many people in the Internet wonderland took offense to President Trump’s conversation with 7-year-old Collman Lloyd during a phone call for NORAD’s Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve.
Why would they take offense? Well, because he’s President Trump of course.
Specifically, Trump was seen on video asking Collman if she still believed in Santa, and people thought it was the end of the world.
"Are you still a believer in Santa? ‘Cause at 7, it’s marginal right?” Trump said during the phone call.
Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?" pic.twitter.com/VHexvFSbQ1— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 25, 2018
Twitter users harped on the president, calling him anything from a Grinch to a bad father.
What a lil dream crusher— 🌻 (@khalaneesi) December 26, 2018
He. Kills. Everything. He. Touches.— PeaceLove&Outrage🌈💕😡 (@1980Dorothy) December 25, 2018
OMG 😮. He doesn’t know how to talk to children. He’s never raised one.— Angie 🇨🇦 (@Angiesep73) December 25, 2018
The extremes these people will go just to bash someone who has different political views than them.
What these outraged folks didn’t realize was that the girl and her parents thought it was an awesome experience to talk to the president and didn’t have an issue with anything he said.
“I think it’s crazy it became a big deal. It’s Christmastime. I’d love to keep politics out of Christmas,” Collman’s father, Donald J. Lloyd, told Buzzfeed. “It didn’t bother me — I like to talk to my kids like adults.”
Collman’s mother, Erica Lloyd, who teaches third grade, agreed that Trump was very kind.
“I’m a teacher. I’m OK with the vocabulary,” she said. “He was very kind. I was very impressed with the phone call.”
Here’s the other side of that conversation with the president, from the 7-year-old’s perspective:
Collman told the president her family was going to put out cookies and hang out with friends. Trump then responded, "Well, that's very good. You just have a good time."
That led to him asking if she still believed in Santa, to which Collman responded with a smile on her face, "Yes, sir."
So much for the kid's dreams being crushed. This goes to show people that you should probably know the details of a story before bashing someone for “destroying a child’s fantasy.”
Collman’s parents told Buzzfeed that Trump’s ‘marginal’ comment went right over their daughter’s head and had no effect on hey, saying she was excited to talk with the president and “it made her Christmas.”