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Fox News’ Fox & Friends program continued its coverage on the so-called ‘War on Christmas’ with an interview with Santa Claus, or at least a man who dresses up as him, Thursday morning.
Hosts Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy spoke with Sal Lizard, who wrote the book Being Santa Clause: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas, about the battle against “Merry Christmas,” reports Mediate. Lizard, in full Santa gear, told them, “I can’t find any reference where Santa has ever said anything other than ‘merry Christmas,’” as the crawl on the bottom of the screen called for an end to the war against the holiday.
“What do you make of the political correctness part of our culture,” Carlson asked.
“You know, I never had a problem being Santa Claus, but there was a time a few years back when suddenly I started showing up at Christmas parties and was told that they were having holiday parties. So therefore, they didn't need a santa anymore,” Lizard responded, reports Think Progress. “And it was about that time, that was the time when I think the Surgeon General said Santa should lay off the cookies and start picking up more carrots and broccoli.”
He noted that the political correctness is overseas, too. “I heard Santa in Australia said ‘ha, ha, ha,’ so as not to offend certain gals and Santas in England couldn’t have children on their laps anymore.”
It turns out that Lizard has also appeared in films, notes Gawker, making a cameo as Santa Claus in The Box.
You can check out Lizard’s interview below: