Thursday afternoon, the news broke that Pope Francis questioned Donald Trump’s Christianity; Trump was furious. We’re days before the South Carolina Primary, and the vote from the religious community is a big deal. At the same time, Rush Limbaugh took it to a deeper level:
Well, there’s big news to open the program with. CNN just reporting that il Papa, Pope Francis, upon boarding the pope jet on the return to Italy from Mexico said that Donald Trump is not a Christian. Man are they pulling out all the stops now. The Pope says that Donald Trump is not a Christian, because Christians do not build walls, they build bridges. Nevermind that the Vatican is surrounded by a wall and we won’t even talk about who built that wall. But that’s what the pope said. And given the pope’s political leanings I’m surprised he isn’t on the campaign trail for Bernie Sanders. But maybe Bernie Sanders is too far to the right for the pope.
Funny how that works. If there’s one thing Republicans have done to President Obama since he began running for president it is call into question his citizenship, his allegiance to America and his Christianity.
Here are a few things Donald Trump and other Republicans have said about President Obama:
1. The fight over the birth certificate: “He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim,” Trump said to Fox News in 2011. “I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
2. Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said “we have a black Muslim in the White House.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2012
3. Rush Limbaugh? Ha! There are far more, but here are a few:”Obama is now into Caliphate building.”
4. “It’s always been said the Democrats have a problem with God. Many people have criticized them on that basis. And I think Obama’s saying, “We worship an awesome god in the Democrat Party!” It was his way of saying, “Oh, yes, we do believe in God,” Rush wrote.
5. “Why did [Barack Obama] choose to become a Christian? I’ve always wondered that,” Limbaugh told his audience. “He’s such a defender and promoter of Islam, and, on the other hand, he and his party are constantly denigrating Christians. I don’t care what the issue is, whether it’s guns, whether it’s gay marriage, any cultural or social issue, or the bitter clinger comments. I’ve always wondered about this.”
6. If that isn’t enough, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested that the President simply “pretends to be” a Christian. “I’m also concerned about a guy that believes he’s a Christian and pretends to be and then says he is, but then does things that makes it very difficult for people to practice their Christian faith.”
7. “I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that. I’ve never asked him that,” Scott Walker once explained. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
Republicans are the last people who have any credibility on accusations of Christianity and pointing fingers.