WAR OVER THE WALL …
Fiscally and socially liberal Pope Francis is no fan of GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis told reporters as he wrapped up a visit to Mexico.
Wow … really?
Last time we checked, this Pope – who has made his disdain for capitalism abundantly clear – said even atheists go to heaven. So why would it matter if Trump was a Christian?
Never one to back down from a scrape, Trump issued a characteristically bombastic response …
“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,” he said. “ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.”
Trump added that “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,” he said. “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.”
Of interest? The Pope’s comment was made just days before GOP voters in South Carolina – a state featuring hundreds of thousands of evangelicals – go to the polls to make their presidential preference known.
Fortunately for Trump, the vast majority of those evangelicals are protestants – with Southern Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians leading the way.