After Pope Francis said on Wednesday that Donald Trump “is not Christian” over his immigration policies, which include building a wall, the hotel magnate hit back with some bizarre remarks.
Trump lashed back in a statement on Facebook, calling the Pope’s comments “disgraceful.”
“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s 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’s statement began.
“ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.”
Trump alleges that the Mexican government and ‘its leaders’ made ‘disparaging’ remarks about him.
Trump, who has questioned President Obama’s faith, went on to say, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”
It’s important to note that Trump has long been one of the most vocal skeptics about Obama’s birthplace and faith.
“I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President,” he continued.
After Trump called the Pope ‘a very political person, the Pontiff responded.
“Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ So at least I am a human person,” he said. “As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people.”
The Pope was asked whether American Catholics should vote for the hotel magnate.
“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. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that,” he said.
The number of ‘illegal’ immigrants coming into the U.S. has actually decreased under Obama, as compared to President George W. Bush.
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