This is not a headline from The Onion.
This is not an episode of Punk’d.
Welcome to 2016, where Donald Trump and the Pope are at the center of a media feud related to faith and immigration.
The Pope held an in-flight press conference on his way back from a six-day trip to Mexico. Dipping his toes into America’s election conversation, the Pope weighed in on immigration and Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico if he’s elected the next President of the United States.
When asked his thoughts on Trump, the Pope responded, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
The reaction on social media was immediate and diverse in opinion:
— J. Eric Wilson (@jericwilson) February 18, 2016
To be clear, the Pope raises the right question but does so for the wrong reason. https://t.co/E5EO155bfi
— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) February 18, 2016
— Bonnie Madden (@BonnieMadden) February 18, 2016
The Pope slamming Donald Trump just broke my Corinthian scale.
Score: 11 Corinthians ??????????????????????
— Daniel Burke (@BurkeCNN) February 18, 2016
Trump’s campaign responded quickly, condemning the Pope’s comments. “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,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign.
Trump continued, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”
The Pope has yet to respond to Donald Trump’s comments.