Trump vs. Pope


It seems at this point in the presidential race, no one can hurt Trump’s surging popularity, not even the Pope. On February 18th, Pope Francis was asked to comment on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s ideas and political stances. His response caused backlash from Trump, making headlines and bringing the spotlight back onto Trump two days before the South Carolina primaries.

After presiding over a huge mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Pope was asked by a reporter to comment on Donald Trump’s plan to build a huge wall separating Mexico and the United States, if elected president. The Pope spoke on the issue, saying he would not get involved in any political affairs but stated, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”1R

Donald Trump craftily turned this bad situation into a way to boost his support, responding to the Pope’s comment saying, “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”           This publicity seemed to only boost Trump’s support in South Carolina, where only two days after the Pope fiasco, Trump went on to win the primary. It seems as if no one can hurt Trump as he steamrolls the competition despite his often controversial statements.

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