(Columbia, SC — February 19, 2016) – For someone who wants to make a country “great” again by winning the Republican nomination, followed by the White House, Donald Trump (R-NY) continues to alienate large swaths of potential voting blocks.
On Thursday, Pope Francis questioned the Christian faith of someone who would build walls between people. While he did not name Trump specifically, the comments were clearly directed at the front-running GOP contender:
- ”A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. I’d just say that this man is not Christian if he said it this way.”
The “wall” issue stems from Trump’s proclamation made on June 16, 2015, the day he announced his POTUS candidacy:
- “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
True to form, Trump verbally assaulted the leader of the Catholic Church:
- “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”
He later added:
- “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
Many have pointed out the irony regarding Trump’s past comments about President Obama (D-IL/Kenya). The orangutan-spawned leader of the Birthers, a movement asserting that Obama was not born in the United States, repeatedly asserted that he was not eligible to be president. In spite of producing irrefutable proof of his American citizenship, the Birthers continue to press their case.
“For eight years, Trump has questioned President Obama’s country of birth,” said a White House spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And he’s questioned President Obama’s faith, calling him a Muslim when the president is really a Christian. And I suppose that wasn’t disgraceful?
“But now that a leader is questioning his own faith or religious convictions, he’s angry. What a hypocrite! And what a hyper-hypocritical way to react!”
Others simply cannot believe that Trump would take a chance on losing a significant number of voters and supporters, especially when it’s so early in the primary season.
“In just a minute or so, Trump alienated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And, given his past anti-Muslim comments, he’s also alienated 1.6 billion Muslims. So he’s up to at least 2.8 billion people – probably well over 3 billion if you count the other sexes, races, and so on that he’s insulted in the past eight months.
“This means he’s got at least 40% against him. That’s not good news for someone who wants to be the leader of a major country. I mean, what’s the guy going to do, fire 3 billion people?”
“This changes everything,” said a political observer, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We thought were dealing with an anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-veteran, homophobic, hypocritical, misogynistic, narcissistic, pathologically lying, racist, xenophobic bully. But it turns out we’re really dealing with an anti-Catholic, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-veteran, homophobic, hypocritical, misogynistic, narcissistic, pathologically lying, racist, xenophobic bully.
“What’s the problem with bashing Catholics? I mean, there are only about 69,000,000 of them in the United States. I guess Trump feels he doesn’t need their votes.”