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A Reince Priebus statement made a lot of people think he compared Trump to Jesus

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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. 

Umm....

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.

Others didn't buy it.

But some conservatives told critics to calm down.

And others flexed their theological muscles.

Is the Priebus statement about the 'new King' offensive?

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