In October 2020, social media users circulated a meme featuring a photograph of Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump, along with a statement Eric Trump had purportedly made declaring that his father had "literally saved Christianity":
Eric Trump did in fact make this statement during an Oct. 2 interview with a North Dakota radio program, saying:
[My father] has protected the Second Amendment. He’s literally saved Christianity. I mean, there’s a full-out war on faith in this country by the other side.
The Democratic Party, the far left, has become the party of the ‘atheists,’ and they want to attack Christianity, they want to close churches. They’re totally fine keeping liquor stores open, but they want to close churches all over the country.
Here's the audio from that portion of the interview:
We found no evidence that Eric Trump followed up this pronouncement by asserting that "It was illegal to even say Merry Christmas, and now you can it year round, anywhere you want." However, his father suggested on multiple occasions -- both before and after the 2016 presidential election -- that the use of the phrase "Merry Christmas" was a thing of the past which he would be "bringing back" as president.