Pope Francis, a crowd favorite around these parts and someone dubbed the Patron Saint of PR, usually has no problem staying in his own lane and speaking to the ills of the world where people need a spiritual shoulder to lean upon.
This week, the Pontiff has been in Mexico to meet with the locals. On the flight, he was asked about the GOP frontrunner and the Great Wall of Trump that would traverse the entire Rio Grande Valley and a few other states to the West.
We suppose Donald Trump does that to people because Pope Francis couldn’t help but wax poetic for a moment. The pontiff let everyone know that Trump may not be a Christian.
We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and Il Papa comes just short of saying the 69.5 million U.S. adherents to the Catholic Church should not vote for Donald Trump because “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
His dogma and ideology is correct about how Jesus Christ approached people and worked to unite mankind in all forms. However, the last thing anyone wants to hear from the Pope is political talking points.
Trump, never scared of a rebuttal, had a thing or two to say himself:
Get that? Trump was so focused on not making an ass of himself for calling out the Pope that he actually read his talking points.
Clamoring “he doesn’t know me” and “the Pope only heard one side of the story” actually had the adverse effect the holy conclave expected — Americans sympathizing for Donald Trump. But the kicker was bringing up ISIS:
“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ 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,” Trump said, reading from the statement. “ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.”
Social media exploded, and most of it was in Trump’s favor. Even though Trump pointed his luxurious finger at fate with off-the-cuff comments like this:
“I like the pope unless the pope doesn’t like me,” Trump said. “Then I don’t like the pope.”
Yes, the wall would be a staggering 2,500 kilometers (the same distance from New York City to the Dominican Republic). Yes, he wants to (illegally) deport more than 11 million in the United States. And now, because of the Pope, more people may be siding with this thinking.
Let that sink in for a moment. And if that doesn’t work, see this picture.
That big wall belongs to Vatican City, which surrounds the 109-acre city. It has been around the Papal site since the mid-1500s under the reign of Pope Paul III. While the history lesson may escape many, it won’t take long for Trump supporters and other haters to find some hypocrisy in Pope Francis’ statement.
Mind you, he didn’t build the stone walls but he does appreciate the fortification. Evidently, so does Trump. And now the GOP needs to figure out which side to climb over. Good luck with all that.