President Donald Trump has a large constituency of individuals who consider themselves to be Christian. What the specific denominations may be are irrelevant to the fact that Trump has the religious vote locked down. However, that may change now that one of the world’s most popular religious figures has methodically targeted Trump and his vile brand of political rhetoric.
During his weekly speech, Pope Francis used words which could only have been meant for Trump’s ears when he said,
“to not raise walls but bridges, to not respond to evil with evil, to overcome evil with good.” Francis went on to say:
A Christian can never say ‘I’ll make you pay for that’. Never! That is not a Christian gesture. An offense is overcome with forgiveness, by living in peace with everyone.
While Francis would not target Trump specifically, the use of the words ‘walls’ and ‘bridges’ leave little room to doubt who the commentary was meant to reach. Trump has created enemies around the world with his desire to build a wall across the entire border between the United States and Mexico. Trump does not have the popular support to begin such a process as he lost the presidential popular vote by 3 million votes, and hundreds of thousands of his supporters have begun to abandon him once they received a taste of his behavior as president.
Now that Pope Francis has Trump in his rhetorical sights it is only a matter of time before more of his support disintegrates.