The president, while he pretends to be religious these past few years, is likely not a very big fan of Pope Francis, who has said numerous things in regards to American leadership. Trump hates criticism, so it is definitely the beloved Pope’s status that keeps him off of Trump’s list of people to attack.
That may change after this weekend when Pope Francis basically compared Donald Trump to Hitler in a statement to La Stampa, an Italian news publication. Francis said this:
“I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934. Us first. We … We … These are frightening thoughts.”
While the Pope did not name Trump, and was likely including many leaders in his statement, what he said rings true about the current president of the United States. Trump has been blamed for stoking the fire of white supremacy, essentially taking America back to the civil rights era.
The Washington Post published their own thoughts on why Francis made these particular remarks, reporting that:
“It is not the first time the pontiff has made such remarks, but his comments published Friday came as Italy’s populist government appeared to be on the verge of collapse.”
“On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, the most powerful politician in Italy, called for parliament to be dissolved and asked President Sergio Mattarella to order snap elections that could make Italy’s government lean even further right.”
Trump has also taken the blame for inciting some foreign leaders to let their racist flags fly high, which is where the Hitler reference comes in. Hitler’s reign becoming a global problem is just one more way the mass-murdering dictator can be compared to the POTUS.
“Mattarella has not yet signaled whether he will follow through on the call, which came after 14 months of disputes within Italy’s coalition government. Tensions escalated this week after disagreement over plans for a high-speed rail.”
“As leader of the League party, Salvini, who also serves as interior minister, has hammered home rhetoric that has drawn comparisons to that of President Trump, calling for Italians to put Italy first and launching a crackdown on immigration.”
“He has banned migrant rescue ships from docking in Italy and shut down a migrant center in Sicily that was once one of the largest in Europe. Earlier this year, Salvini accused the captain of a humanitarian rescue ship carrying migrants of “an act of war” after her ship hit a police boat by the pier.”
“And on a visit to Washington in June, Salvini said that “Italy wants to be the most solid, effective, coherent and credible partner for the U.S.””