Pope Francis really, really doesn’t like Donald Trump.
While speaking at the World Meeting of Popular Movements at the Vatican on Saturday, Pope Francis reminded his audience of exactly what is at stake in the 2016 U.S. presidential election without ever mentioning a candidate by name.
Delivering his speech entirely in his native Spanish, the pope reminded Christians that the movement they’re being asked to join by the GOP is not a Christian movement.
‘No tyranny can be sustained without exploiting our fears. This is clear. All tyranny is terrorist. And when that terror ignited in the peripheries with massacres, looting, oppression, and injustice explodes in the centers in the form of violence, including with hateful and cowardly intent, the citizens who still have some rights are tempted by the false security of walls, physical or social—walls that close some in and banish others. Is this the life that our father God wants for us?’
Pope Francis also called out Trump and his followers later in his speech when he mentioned “false prophets that exploit fear and hopelessness to sell magical formulas of hate and cruelty.” It was a clear reference to Donald Trump’s campaign and the supporters who claim religious motivations for backing the GOP candidate despite the lack of Christian principles displayed during this campaign season.
What does an American presidential candidate have to do to make the pope speak out against him? Promoting racism against Latinos, religious groups, immigrants with brown and black skin, and African-Americans is a good start. Being backed by the white nationalist movements and the alt-right is a quick way into Pope Francis’s bad graces, as well.
Evangelicals may have struggled with the tone of Trump’s campaign, but many seem to have fallen right in line with their political party’s nominated presidential candidate. Pope Francis reminded them that the messages they’re clinging to are, in fact, far removed from the message of Jesus Christ. Charity, kindness, acceptance, and love have no place in the GOP these days, despite their insistence that they are the party of Christian and family values.
See the entire speech below. The above remarks begin at around 36 minutes into the speech.
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