While Trump would be a horrible president, the current kerfuffle is a two-for-one shot by the MSM to attack both Trump and Pope Francis. To pull this off the MSM significantly distorted what both men said and they lied to the pope to boot.Here’s the full text of the question and the pope’s response:
Phil Pullella, Reuters: Today, you spoke very eloquently about the problems of immigration. On the other side of the border, there is a very tough electoral battle. One of the candidates for the White House, Republican Donald Trump, in an interview recently said that you are a political man and he even said that you are a pawn, an instrument of the Mexican government for migration politics. Trump said that if he’s elected, he wants to build 2,500 kilometers of wall along the border. He wants to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, separating families, etcetera. I would like to ask you, what do you think of these accusations against you and if a North American Catholic can vote for a person like this?
Pope Francis: Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ At least I am a human person. 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. And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. 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. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.
The first thing to note is that the Reuters reporter presented a grossly biased view of Trump’s position. While Trump has talked about getting rid of illegals he has also talked about letting some of them back in.
It’s also important to remember that families will only be separated if the parents who illegally entered the U.S. refuse to bring their children back to their homes with them. No one is talking about forcing children who are supposedly citizens because they happened to be born to invaders in the U.S. to stay in the U.S. when their parents are deported.Second, the pope did not condemn the building of walls. He said only that if the only path being pursued were to keep people out that would not be Christian.
Who could disagree with that? Who wants to keep the true Syrian refugees, the Christians, out of America? Who wants to end all legal immigration? Who wants to prevent the foreign wives of Americans from entering the country? Not Trump, and not any other candidate.
More to read at the link.
For once, the Pope was actually careful about a response… and it didn’t matter. >.<