Pope Francis questioned Donald Trump’s faith, and it could help him
And now Donald Trump is going up against ... Pope Francis (yeah, you read that right).
It's 2 days before the SC GOP primary & Donald Trump is in a catfight w the Pope, just as I predicted a year ago.
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) February 18, 2016
OMG Donald Trump is in a flame war with the Pope this cannot be happening it is too amazing.
— Jeff Spross (@jeffspross) February 18, 2016
First the Pope essentially told reporters that Trump isn't a real Christian because of his desire to build a wall at the US/Mexico border:
"A person who thinks only about building walls--wherever they may be--and not building bridges, is not Christian."
Pope just told @realDonaldTrump: you're fired. From christianity.
— Yves Massaad (@YvesGWM) February 18, 2016
Trump responded by shaming the Pope for questioning his faith:
"For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith."
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) February 18, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) February 18, 2016
Things only escalated from there, because Trump-supporters and Trump-haters got involved.
Trump's supporters are calling Pope Francis a "hypocrite," among other things, partly because the Vatican itself has a wall built around it.
“People who build walls are not Christians.” Image: wall built by Pope Innocent VI around papal capital at Avignon pic.twitter.com/aajf42lZFS
— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 18, 2016
— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) February 18, 2016
Those who live behind walls shouldn't tell the rest of us it's wrong to want them.#Pope
— Debbie Georgatos (@DebbieCanWeTalk) February 18, 2016
Pope Francis is AGAINST walls! Unless they're the ones surrounding the Vatican to guard their hoard of money, art and secrets. #Atheism
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) February 18, 2016
Many are also criticizing the Pope for involving himself in political matters in the first place.
One nice thing about not being Catholic is I don't have to make excuses for Pope, or pretend he's not stupidly meddling in foreign politics.
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) February 18, 2016
— Scorpioxo10 (@AngieSteinberg) February 18, 2016
Then, of course, there's the anti-Trump people who are accusing him of hypocrisy as well.
Here's Donald Trump today, on the pope.
And also: Donald Trump last week, on Ted Cruz. pic.twitter.com/GlWqkWucR6
— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) February 18, 2016
May seem hypocritical Trump's attacking pope after attacking Cruz's faith last week but context is important. specifically, nothing matters.
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) February 18, 2016
Republicans are mad bc the pope questioned trumps christianity yet all they have done for the last 8 years is attack Obama for his.. OKAY
— ALBUM COVER POLICE (@moisturizeds) February 18, 2016
The bizarre controversy comes just two days before the South Carolina primary. Do you think the Pope's comments will change any voters' minds?
Trump is taking on the Pope today. Tomorrow he'll give Kanye a rest and go after Taylor Swift.
— Marshall Ramsey (@MarshallRamsey) February 18, 2016
Reason Pope comment might help Trump isn't ordinary voters seeing this pope as liberal; it’s conservative evangelicals disliking Catholicism
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) February 18, 2016
Frankly, the kind of American evangelicals who count themselves among Trump supporters probably don't consider the Pope Christian. So.
— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) February 18, 2016
#DonaldTrump Pope's comments will not effect Trump in SC.Evangelicals don't have a lot in common with catholics. Big theological divide.
— Becky Casey (@nybelleinga) February 18, 2016
The pope just handed Trump several points in South Carolina. Southern Protestant evangelicals are about gays and abortion, not compassion.
— johnbrummett (@johnbrummett) February 18, 2016
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.