On Sunday, Pope Francis had some critical advice for American voters that are still undecided and don’t know what to do with two candidates they dislike. During a news conference, the religious leader spoke to Catholics and used some very subtle language to tell them not to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Pope Francis never specifically named Trump or his rival, Hillary Clinton, but considering the Pope’s history of criticizing Trump, he’d likely vote Clinton before Trump any day of the week. The Pope urged Americans to pray before they voted, and to use their conscience – something that Trump supporters are obviously missing.
Addressing a reporter’s questions about Hillary Clinton’s pro-choice stance and Trump’s disgusting statements about immigrants and minorities, the pope said:
“You have asked me a question that describes a difficult choice because, according to you, there are difficulties with one and difficulties with the other. During political campaigns, I never say a word. The people are sovereign. I would only say, study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience.”
Pope Francis continued to say that the United States was too focused on its party affiliations than the real issues – which has been a major barrier to Clinton annihilating Trump in the polls. Too many GOPers have come out and said they disagree with Trump, but continue to support him because their loyalty to the GOP is more important than saving a country. The pope condemned this practice when he said:
“People say ‘I’m from this party’ or ‘I’m from that party,’ but effectively, they don’t have clear thoughts about the basics, about proposals.”
We all know that when it comes to proposals, Trump can’t compete with Clinton.
But that wasn’t the only Trump jab the pope made. The pope also slammed anti-LGBT views when he criticized those who condemn transgender and queer individuals – obviously a Trump slam. The pope said:
“I’ve never abandoned them. When someone who has this condition comes before Jesus, Jesus would surely never say ‘go away because you’re gay.'”
“These people must be accompanied as Jesus accompanied them. It’s one thing if a person has this tendency and also changes sex. It’s another thing to teach this in school to change mentalities. This is what I call ‘ideological colonization.'”
If that’s not a direct shot at Trump, I don’t know what is. Trump supporters knew it, too – and made sure to protest the news on social media along with anti-gay Catholics:
Here are their responses:
Looks like they’re getting awfully nervous! It should be mentioned that last February, Pope Francis took a clear stance against Trump when he was asked about Trump’s views on immigration. The pope didn’t hesitate to say that Trump’s views are “not Christian” and Trump retaliated by calling the pope’s comments “disgraceful.” Looks like the pope is ready for round two!