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Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, pointed out on "The Story" Thursday night that the official White House Christmas card includes "Merry Christmas" for the first time in years.

"This is about a lot more than just some assault on Santa Claus once a year. This is about an ongoing attack on religious freedom in the public square," Perkins said.

He said Trump understood that freedom was under assault, and he's made it clear that he's going to push back against it.

He said the fact of the matter is that an overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas and most of them view it as a religious holiday.

"So the president coming to the forefront and saying, 'Look, we're going to say Merry Christmas again,' it is a signal to say, 'You know what, it's OK to express yourself on religious issues in our culture,'" Perkins said.

He added that Trump's policies, such as his executive order on religious liberty, have reinforced that stance.

"This is a breath of fresh air.  And this is how the president is using the 'bully pulpit' to restore freedom in the country again," Perkins said.

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