'Make Christmas Great Again': Airline's Ad Trolls Donald Trump With Santa's Naughty List

Air New Zealand’s Christmas commercial used the leader of the North Pole, Santa, to take a dig at the leader of the United States, President Donald Trump.

Strained with the stress of the holiday season, an elf urged Santa to get the naughty list sent over to the elves. However, in a rather relatable moment, Santa accidentally sent the list to a New Zealand child named Elvis Anderson, instead.

After Anderson received the email and noticed his name and those of his classmates appeared on the infamous Naughty List, he hatched a plan to change the course of their Christmas morning destiny. To help Anderson arrange an international summit of the naughty kids, Air New Zealand devised routes and flights.

As the summit participants deplaned, one kid, sporting a dark blue suit and a red cap that said, “Make Christmas Great Again,” pushed the other kids out of the way to get down the staircase first.

At the summit, kids from around the globe suggested ways that they could do good deeds to get themselves off the Naughty List and onto the Nice List. Great Britain promised to eat more vegetables, Japan promised a 30 percent reduction in hair pulling by 2020 and Argentina promised to reduce personal gaseous emissions by 27 percent. The child spokesperson from New Zealand made three promises, to do all their chores, be nicer to Australia and spend less time on their phones.

trump christmas air new zealand President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One after arriving at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati on October 12, 2018. An Air New Zealand Christmas commercial recently put Trump on the Naughty List. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

However, when it came time for the child from the United States to offer up a promise, he sang a noticeably different tune.  

“I have to say I’m not naughty at all,” the kid in the “Make Christmas Great Again” hat said. “In fact, I’m the nicest person I know.”

In response to the other children’s laughter at his comment, the American kid stated, “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”

Along with wearing a red cap reminiscent of Trump’s signature, “Make America Great Again,” campaign hats, the child’s final line was a direct quote of the United States’ president.

In September, while at the United Nations in New York City, Trump addressed the General Assembly. Along with defending his “America First” agenda, the president boasted about the success of his administration in comparison to his predecessors.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of your country,” Trump said.

A dull laughter came from the crowd following the statement, which rose after Trump added, “So true.” After the unexpected laughter died down, Trump said, “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” before continuing with his speech.

Since the video was released on November 29, it’s been viewed over 880,000 times. Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand and Content Jodi Williams said writing letters to Santa and the drama of the festive technology fail played on “silly season moments in a very Kiwi way.”

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