From Megyn Kelly to Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, we have seen what happens to people when they take shots at GOP front-runner. Vehement, narcissistic vitriol shoots their way from like venom shoots from sharpened fangs of a pit viper. Will “The Donald” go after the POPE?
A day after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, Pope Francis sharpened his criticism of policies espoused by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump – particularly the real estate mogul’s proposal to build a wall on that border to keep immigrants from illegally crossing into America
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” the pope said Thursday, in response to a reporter’s question about the billionaire developer aboard the papal plane.
The pope was careful to say he did not intend to advise U.S. Catholics on whether they should vote for Trump. But his statement Thursday were seen as a continuation of comments he made Wednesday, decrying the humanitarian crisis in Central America that has led people to flee to the U.S. illegally.
The pope’s comments, made during his tour of Mexico this week, were seen, at least in part, as a denunciation of the proposals by Trump and others to build a wall along the border, deport those people already in the U.S. illegally and other restrictionist policies on immigration.
In response, Trump said it was “disgraceful” for Francis “to question a person’s faith.”
“I am proud to be a Christian and as president I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attack and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current president,” he said in a statement read aloud at a rally in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Trump has been working to burnish his religious credentials in order to win over the majority of Americans who say it is important that the president have strong faith.
According to a Pew Research Center survey from January, Trump was seen as the least religious candidate of either party, with just 5 percent of adults saying he was “very” religious, compared to 22 percent who saw him as “not too religious” and the 37 percent who said he viewed him as “not at all religious.”
Yet Francis’ condemnation of Trump may hold some weight.
A September Washington Post-ABC News poll found 70 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the pope, including 65 percent of non-Catholics and 74 percent of those who identified as having no religious affiliation.
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump said Thursday.
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