Sunday, February 21, 2016

Trumpin' the Pope

Pope Francis, responding to the idea to build  a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, said it is not a Christian thing to build walls to keep people out.  He didn't mention Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by name, and he spoke of the proposal as if it were a hypothetical one that any politician could have made.  Trump then proved what a dumb bastard he is by taking it personally and dissing the Pope.  In addition to taking some unjustified licks at the Mexican government for perpetrating drug trafficking and crime by allowing immigrants to cross the border - a border that, by the way, used to be farther north until we stole from Mexico all the land from Texas to California back in 1848 - Trump, in a self-absorbed statement,  said that His Holiness would be sorry if the Islamic State hits the Vatican in the next four years and someone other than Trump is the forty-fifth President of the United States:
"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. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians."
Funny how Trump phrased this hypothesis as if he's already lost the 2016 election.  Well, of course. he has, since he dissed Francis  Of course, not wanting to offend Catholics, he later tried to backtrack on his disparaging remarks toward the Holy See.
Meanwhile, Trump's Republican revival Marco Rubio said he wished to see the Pope's full remarks before responding, but he added that the United States has not just "an obligation, but a right" to defend its borders.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is pretending to be the immigrant's friend, talking up her special rapport with Latinos and immigrants, as if Martin O'Malley, the most progressive 2016 candidate on Latino issues and immigration, never existed.  (Maybe he never did; maybe he was just an illusion we all had.)
If this is how the immigration issue is going to be discussed in this election year, then I pity the poor immigrant (who wishes he would have stayed home).   

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