Donald Trump gained another new enemy on Thursday, Feb 18, and this one’s a doozy.
Pope Francis, whilst visiting Mexico, was asked about the less-than-favorable actions of the presidential hopeful in regards to a particular wall. Although the pope never mentioned Trump by name, his allusions were hardly discreet.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel,” said the pope.
Trump, upon hearing such remarks, responded in an incredibly poignant and respectful matter, absolutely annihilating the pope and making him look like an imbecile. Included in Trump’s response were compliments towards the pope and his words, and a genuine feeling of confusion towards the pope’s comments about him specifically.
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump said in his official statement. “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.”
In his delivery, Trump was surprisingly modest—a behavior not seen from him since his speech after placing second in the Iowa caucus. He started by saying how much he appreciates and holds respect for the pope as a start to his press release, when asked about his first reaction.
“The pope? What did the pope say about me? I like the pope,” Trump said.
Although composed and calm, Trump had to add in a bit of his ego, saying how the pope will regret the negative remarks when ISIS attacks the Vatican.
If that is not a one punch KO in the “Trump vs. Pope” fight to the death, the deal is sealed when one considers the geography of the pope’s home country.
The Vatican just so happens to be completely surrounded by a hundred foot concrete wall on all sides, completely encasing the country.
The pope’s hypocritical, impulsive remarks did anything but harm Donald Trump’s reputation, and instead hurt his own reputation in the process.