Sunday evening saw the start of the traditional Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and to mark the occasion the White House shared a trivia question on their Twitter account.
That's right someone within Donald Trump's team of staffers posed a question to the masses about religion. There is only one way this could go, right?
The question was:
Who was the first president to observe Hanukkah by lighting the National Menorah in a ceremony in Lafayette Park?
It sounds simple enough and is resoundingly unoffensive, which must be a first for Trump. Except they did manage to make it offensive.
To find out the answer to the question (which is Jimmy Carter for anyone interested), you had to click on a link that sends you to a virtual advent calendar.
Who was the first president to observe Hanukkah by lighting the National Menorah in a ceremony in Lafayette Park?… https://t.co/wMVpQ2FRLJ— The White House 45 Archived (@The White House 45 Archived) 1577070423
Now, we're no experts on religion but the last time we checked an advent calendar was associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas and has nothing to do with Hanukkah.
Of course, people soon picked up on this error and were more than happy to mock Trump and the White House for making such an outrageous mistake.
Hanukkah and Advent? Say what? And why, on the first night, are all the Menorah candles lit? Oh, I forgot, the Whi… https://t.co/hDWYinxBIQ— David Cay Johnston (@David Cay Johnston) 1577085703
Everything he says to Jews is meant for Christians. https://t.co/0BMTAcZTtu— Eli Valley (@Eli Valley) 1577075417
Whoever handles the WH Twitter account really should be demoted, or at least be sent back to school for some religi… https://t.co/GKXpZolSMn— Mark S. Zaid (@Mark S. Zaid) 1577072320
LOL Advent calendar for Hanukkah. Look up what Advent is, you incompetent bozos. https://t.co/SxmciHFnib— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy) 1577072546
@WhiteHouse Aha!!! Chanukah as part of an Advent. calendar proves the You think Jews exist only to help your Christ… https://t.co/eLZO5OEccr— Jamie Schler (@Jamie Schler) 1577074489
HT Daily Dot