Pope Francis is not afraid to speak his mind, and Donald Trump is not going to like what he said during an interview last week.
The pontiff talked about the rise of right-wing populism with Spanish newspaper El Pais while Trump was being sworn-in on Friday.
Throughout Trump’s divisive and hateful campaign, Pope Francis condemned Trump’s call for a massive wall on the southern border and his anti-immigration stance.
Now that Trump has taken over the White House, Pope Francis is warning the people of the world to be careful about right-wing populists because putting such people in power has been disastrous in the past.
Pope Francis began by taking the “wait and see” approach to Trump before he makes a judgement.
“I think that we must wait and see,” Francis said. “I don’t like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise.”
But the pontiff warned against making decisions at the voting booth out of fear because electing a right-wing populist who promises to be a “savior” during a crisis could end up making things worse.
“Crises provoke fear, alarm,” Francis said. “In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933.”
“Hitler did not steal power. He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people,” he continued, pointing out that Germany also used “walls and barbed wire so that others cannot take away their identity.”
“A people that was immersed in a crisis, that looked for its identity, until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened.”
Indeed, Germany was beaten and broke after World War I and the people elected Hitler in desperation. But while Hitler lifted Germany out of the economic woes, he established a brutal murderous dictatorship that resulted in destruction across Europe and the deaths of 60 million during World War II, including six million Jews, whom Hitler blamed for Germany’s problems like Trump is blaming Muslims and Hispanics for America’s problems today.
The rise of the nationalistic regimes is a threat to the international cooperation that has occurred in the world since 1945 as Trump wants to withdraw the United States from the United Nations while right-wing European leaders want to dismantle the European Union. Such actions could pave the way for another global war as mistrust, hate, and fanatical nationalism take hold.
And Pope Francis might as well judge Trump now because he is already destroying this country by slashing crucial regulations that protect workers and the environment while taking healthcare away from millions. He also wants to kill Medicare and Social Security as well as weaken NATO. The repercussions are going to be a terrible price for this country to pay over the next four years and beyond.
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