Pope Francis Compares Trump to Murderous King Herod, Who Tried to Kill Jesus
Catholic Church leader blasts US president, likens him to Herod who massacred children
Pope Francis has attacked Donald Trump with a vicious insult, comparing the US president to murderous King Herod, who tried to kill Baby Jesus.
The pope likened Trump to Herod who is known for massacring innocent children in ancient Palestine while trying to kill Jesus Christ while he was an infant, a Jesuit journal revealed Thursday.
The Argentinian Pope Francis, real name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, reportedly took the swipe at Trump during a recent visit to Thailand.
The pope made his thinly veiled condemnation of President Trump and his administration while speaking with his brother Jesuits.
Without mincing his words, Francis suggested that Trump is a modern-day version of Herod.
The head of the Catholic Church apparently made the comparison because he claims Trump separates families at the border while allowing drugs to freely flow into the country.
“In other parts, there are walls that even separate children from parents,” Francis said as he spoke about Trump's America.
"Herod comes to mind.
“Yet for drugs, there’s no wall to keep them out.”
“The phenomenon of migration is compounded by war, hunger and a ‘defensive mindset,’ which makes us in a state of fear believe that you can defend yourself only by strengthening borders.
"At the same time, there is exploitation.”
Elsewhere during the Q&A session, the pontiff also proposed that the rise of populism in Europe is at the root of migrants’ problems there.
“I must admit that I am shocked by some of the narratives I hear in Europe about borders,” Pope Francis said.
“Populism is gaining strength.”
“The phenomenon of refugees has always existed, but today it is better known because of social differences, hunger, political tensions and especially war,” he said.
"For these reasons, migratory movements are intensifying,” he continued.
“What is the answer the world gives? The policy of waste.
“Refugees are waste material. The Mediterranean has been turned into a cemetery.
"The notorious cruelty of some detention centers in Libya touches my heart.
“The Christian tradition has a rich evangelical experience in dealing with the problem of refugees,” he said.
"We also remember the importance of welcoming the foreigner as the Old Testament teaches us."