An actor portraying Santa Claus at a mall in Sanford, Fla., was reassigned and given sensitivity training after making an ill-advised political joke in front of some children.
According to the children’s mother, who published an angry post on Facebook about the incident, which took place last week, the offending mall Santa joked: “Do you know who is on my naughty list? Hillary Clinton.”
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The mother also complained the mall management, who did not fire the Santa, but reassigned him to a different mall, and mandated “additional training to ensure that he remains in the character of Santa during all future appearances,” according to a statement from the Seminole Towne Center in Sanford.
“Santa is a symbol of peace, joy and goodwill for all and we are pleased that we are able to bring this cherished symbol to the communities we serve,” the statement continued.
President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly referred to his Democratic opponent as “Crooked Hillary” during the campaign, and roused supporters with chants of “Lock her up!” — a reference to the FBI’s criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the belief of many Trump supporters that Hillary belongs in jail.
It would appear, however, that Trump is ready to scratch Clinton’s name off his own “naughty list.” His senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said Tuesday that Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” criminal charges against Hillary in an effort to “help her heal.”
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