Friday, February 19, 2016

Proper Sentiment

It won't matter of course, because it makes sense. And in this season in which common sense is out of vogue within the GOP electorate and among the Party's candidates, reason is not a virtue, but a bug.

One day, Donald Trump- demonstrating the cliche that even a stopped clock is right twice a day- would assert "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith' after Pope Francis declared that remarks about immigration made by the candidate precluded him from being a Christian (christian).

Of course, Trump was right only once because he remarked also "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,"

The next day, a Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, issued an explanation- not denial- of the Pope's comments of the previous day, maintaining

The Pope said what we already know, if we followed his teaching and positions: We shouldn't build walls,but bridges. He has always said that, continuously. He also said that in relation to migration in Europe many times. So this is not a specific issue, limited to this particualr case. It's his generic view, coherent with the nature of solidarity from the Gospel.    
Shorter Lombardi: You, Donald Trump, aren't the only person violating the teachings of Jesus. Capitulating, Trump termed the statement "beautiful."  Tough guy.

One person had it right from the start, however.  In a statement, Trump foil John Ellis Bush quipped "The Swiss Army Guard is probably taking pretty good care of the pope, so I'm not worried about it." In what appears to have been a separate remark, Bush told reporters "Christianity is between he and his creator. I don't think we need to discuss that."

The message is far better than the grammar.  John E. Bush might well be regretting that he didn't realize- as we have now discovered- that the way to shut up Donald Trump is to question his religious faith, wait for the reaction, and then criticize him again, if less directly. After all, it worked like a charm for a 79-year-old guy living 4,000 miles away.

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