Donald Trump calls Pope Francis ‘disgraceful’ for questioning his faith

Donald Trump calls Pope Francis ‘disgraceful’ for questioning his faith

Trump responds after the pope suggests presidential candidate is ‘not a Christian’ because of his plan to build a border wall between the US and Mexico

18 Feb 2016
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/18/donald-trump-pope-francis-christian-wall-mexico-border

Donald Trump has called Pope Francis “disgraceful” over the pontiff’s suggestion the Republican presidential frontrunner was “not a Christian” for his plan to build a wall at the Mexican border.

Flying back to Rome from a trip to Mexico, the pope said: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

Trump responded swiftly at a campaign event in South Carolina, saying: “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”

“No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” he told a packed room at a golf course resort. Trump then accused the Mexican government of “using the pope as a pawn”.

“They should be ashamed of themselves, especially when so many lives are involved and illegal immigration is rampant and bad for the United States.”

During his in-flight press conference, the pope insisted he did not mean to sway any Americans with his comments. “As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that,” he said.

“I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.”

In a press release timed to coincide with his rally, Trump suggested that the leader of the Catholic church would regret not supporting his candidacy. “If and when the Vatican is attacked by Isis, which as everyone knows is Isis’s ultimate trophy,” Trump said, “the pope can 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.”

But the billionaire said he did not take the pope’s remarks personally. “The pope said negative things about me because the Mexican government convinced him Trump is not a good guy,” he said.

“The Mexican government has made many disparaging remarks about me to the pope because they want to continuing ripping us off,” he added.

He also dismissed the pope’s remarks in general: “Now it’s probably going to be all over the world. Who the hell cares? OK? I don’t care.”

After the event, attendees approached by the Guardian at the Trump rally took the side of the Republican frontrunner. “I thought the pope was a better person than that,” said Deborah Schwartz, a self-described “Trump groupie” from Round O, South Carolina.

Others simply doubted the pontiff actually used the words he was quoted saying. Elizabeth Wallschlager, a Panamanian immigrant and a Catholic, said: “I don’t think the pope said that.”

An ardent Trump supporter from Kiawah Island, she added: “I think that it’s a misunderstanding. The pope would never say that he doesn’t like anybody. The pope likes everybody.”

Even undecided Republicans, such as Dan Brisker of Seabrook Island, had concerns about the pope’s statement. “I think the pope needs to get out of the political arena and stick to the religious,” Brisker said.

“I don’t think [Trump] disparaged the Pope,” he added – with a concession that “sometimes maybe Donald could use some better words”.

The real estate tycoon, whose campaign shot to prominence with his focus on illegal immigration and pledge to “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it”, is heavily favored by polls to win Saturday’s Republican primary in South Carolina.

His rivals in the primary election warily kept clear of the billionaire’s spat with the pontiff. Florida senator Marco Rubio said he wished to reserve judgment until he read the pope’s full comments, but added the US has “not just a right but an obligation” to enforce its immigration laws.

“We’re a sovereign country, and we have a right to control who comes in, when they come in and how they come in,” Rubio told reporters in Anderson, South Carolina.

“Vatican City controls who comes in, when they come in and how they come in as a city state. And as a result, the United States has a right to do that as well.”

Himself a Catholic, Rubio said Pope Francis is “the head of the church, he’s the successor of Peter, is what I believe, and I have tremendous respect and admiration for him”.

Another opponent and converted Catholic, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, told reporters he would not comment on Trump’s faith. “His Christianity is between him and his creator,” Bush said.

Asked about the pope’s statement about walls, Bush said: “I don’t know what that means. I support walls and fencing where it’s appropriate, for sure … I think it’s okay as a Catholic to get my guidance as a Catholic from the Pope but certainly not economic policy or environmental policy.”

Trump has previously questioned the faith of another adversary, Ted Cruz, saying: “You gotta remember, in all fairness, to the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, OK?”

Cruz’s father is an evangelical pastor who emigrated from Cuba, and the senator has pursued extremely religious voters throughout his campaign.

Trump has long sought to prove his own religious bona fides to social conservative voters. The Republican frontrunner has often stated on the stump that the Bible is his favorite book, with his own bestseller The Art of the Deal second.

“As much as I love The Art of the Deal, it’s not even close. We take the Bible all the way,” Trump said in August.

Trump has also repeatedly pledged that if elected, “we’re gonna be saying Merry Christmas again”, but his attempts to demonstrate his faith have gone awkwardly, at best, on several occasions. In a speech at the evangelical Liberty University, for instance, Trump referred to “Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians”, and later that month he tried to put cash on a communion plate while attending mass in Iowa.

He has also praised the pontiff in the past. Not long after Pope Francis was elected to the Holy See in spring 2013, Trump tweeted: “The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!”

Sabrina Siddiqui contributed reporting from Anderson, South Carolina.

One comment

  • theunhivedmind

    Anti-pope Francis is a stooge, a puppet of New Venice (Britain) the continuum of the Venetian Satanism. What did the Venetians always hate? Nationalism! What helped destroy Venetian evil powers in the past? The Renaissance and Nationalism! Ever since that time of the destruction of Venetian power what has been the goals of Venice and New Venice? The goals of this Satanic evil is simply to destroy the nationstate and regain a satanic grip over the herd! Now ask yourself what’s happening today with the European Union and other economic bloc developments? There’s no longer any borders but we now have the destruction of national sovereignty which you could argue was overtly lose with the signing of the United Nations. Genoa controlled Crooked Nose Clan member David Cameron doesn’t want Britain becoming sovereign! All this EU reform is nothing but an illusion and the referendum timing is another deception and one that will ultimately be rigged like the Scottish referendum. Ask yourself why the timetable for the referendum has been pushed forward? It’s all so the votes can be dealt with way before the refugee and Eurozone crises get far worse and which would really help the people of England make their minds up to leave the treason of the EU once and for all.

    Don’t be fooled by the trickery of these Venetian agents of Satan and his offspring Zeus. Jesuit soldier Bergoglio SJ is about as Christian as a Rabbi in a synagogue and rest assured there’s far more of a connection between those two than you think. There hasn’t been a Christian Church since the 19th Century and most definitely since the middle of the 20th Century that was when it finally ended. All so-called popes are nothing more than anti-popes who serve the New Doge and the New Venice Empire powers and that’s all there is to it. So for the anti-pope to called Trump a non-Christian well that’s just hypocrisy. The Jesuits were created by the Venetians and have been hated by the world just like The Tribe both being expelled from everywhere they went and why? They work hand in hand whilst Venice was always the key not to mention the roots laid in ancient Samaria. Enough said! Please stop falling for the diversions in the alternative media and instead move on up the ladder of truth and go past the psy-op known as the Reformation which was nothing more than a farce for the controlled herd who are nothing more than lambs to the slaughter masters aka Zeusians. Venice and their Jesuits both simply used Catholicism as a front in order to bring about the current dark age we now live within. This dark age will continuum to increase in nightmare scope unless the great Prometheans like Putin can save us all with the BRICS finally allowing mankind to progress aided by an increase in the energy flux density, development, education, real science and prosperity. Zeusian Bergoglio wants to destroy what’s left of the United States and more importantly he wants to destroy the white American race for his Tribal masters of Zion. Bergoglio is another person who’s all for supporting the execution of the Kalergi Plan in Europe which not only destroys the white European race but also ends up destroying Christianity in favour of Islam.

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