Pope Francis attacked Republican front-runner Donald Trump Thursday as “not a Christian.” Aboard his plane, the pope was asked specifically about comments Trump made about the Pope’s visit to the Mexico border. The pope did not mince his words.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not getting involved in that. I say only this man is not Christian if he has said things like that….”
As far as declaring who is and who is not a Christian, such a statement coming from one who once said of gays, “Who am I to judge” now judges Donald Trump because Trump wants to build a wall to keep out illegal riffraff making their way across the U.S.-Mexico border?
In any event, the Donald did not take the Pope’s remark lying down.
Edited as usual. Trump’s response to Pope Francis below as posted to his Facebook page.
In response to the Pope:
If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.
The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story – he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.
Donald J. Trump
Below is Trump’s full speech at a rally earlier today in Kiawah, South Carolina. Starting at about 08:30, Trump begins to address remarks made by Pope Francis:
Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the whole world is under the impression that they can comment on American politics.
Note to world: I do not care how new world order the Muslim Marxist in the White House may be, the rest of America is not.
Stay out of our politics, elections, immigration policies (or lack thereof) and while we are on the subject, away from our tax dollars.
Finally, since I am a Catholic and this post is about the Pope, I will add the words, “please your Pontiff, respectfully….”