Pope Says Trump Isn’t A Christian, Republicans Absolutely LOSE IT (TWEETS)

On Thursday, Pope Francis called a spade a spade and the entire conservative world exploded.

On a visit to Mexico, Francis was asked what he thought about Donald Trump’s bigoted campaign. He didn’t hold back.

“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 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 point was obvious for anyone with even two brain cells to rub together: A message of intolerance, hate, and bigotry does not reflect the kind of Christianity that Pope Francis has tried to live. Building walls – both metaphorically, and in Trump’s case literally – is closed-minded and un-Christian.

But enter a group of people who are either hopelessly ignorant or intentionally disingenuous: The beleaguered Republican pundit. They were livid.

Kicking things off was Breitbart’s resident Bad Opinion Haver, John Nolte. On Twitter, Nolte spent his morning screaming into the void over the Pope’s lack of enthusiasm for Trump 2016.

The idea that the pope was a hypocrite because he uses the concept of “walls” to live and work inside a “building” is incredibly stupid, and yet, incredibly popular. Joe Scarborough came to a similarly dense conclusion.

Another Breitbart reporter read the writing on the – ahem – wall.

To be clear, Pope Francis never said that the world should no longer have any walls. He said being consumed with keeping people you don’t agree with out – like Trump has been advocating – is antithetical to the very idea of tolerance.

However, Trump himself took a different approach. He screamed “ISIS” at the top of his lungs and hoped that would scare the Pope into changing his opinion.

If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.

You heard it here first, folks: Donald Trump will single-handedly stop an ISIS attack on the Vatican by sheer will. Something tells me the Pope isn’t holding his breath.

This latest falling out has been a long time coming. The Republican Party has increasingly distanced itself from Pope Francis for a number of shameful reasons. In recent years the Catholic Church has moved forward on a number of issues that American conservatives still stubbornly resist. Francis has come out as acknowledging climate change. He’s condemned economic inequality. He’s even budged a little on gay rights. All of these cases place him far beyond the GOP, which seems permanently stuck in another era. As the Pope catches the Catholic Church up to the 21st century and the Republican Party stays behind, the cozy relationship they once had has imploded spectacularly.

It almost makes you want to build a wall so you don’t have to watch the embarrassing spectacle.

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