Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff, did what many politicians do on Christmas. He sent out a statement wishing supporters a good holiday.
The wording of his message, though, almost immediately sparked uproar, since it seems to compare the president-elect to Jesus Christ, or at the very least, a monarch.
Here's the controversial part of the statement:
"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."
The immediate questions: Who is the "new King"? And since Jesus is referred to as king by Christians, why does the "new King" also get that title?
Journalist and frequent Trump critic Dan Rather chimed in.
Sean Spicer, Trump's newly named incoming press secretary, refuted the criticism.
Yes, you read that Reince Priebus statement correctly: literally refers to Donald Trump as a "King" and compares him to Jesus Christ.— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) December 25, 2016
Others didn't buy it.
But some conservatives told critics to calm down.
OK ya'll - calm down. Priebus is likely actually talking about Jesus. Christians believe in a living Jesus who is the "new King," even now.— SPBuckMulligan (@SPBuckMulligan) December 25, 2016
And others flexed their theological muscles.