DeLemus, a fervent Donald Trump supporter, Obama birther, and member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, posted comments to her Facebook page last Thursday, saying simply: “The Pope is the anti-Christ. Do your research.”
Pope Francis had previously told reporters that Trump’s desire to build walls did not concord with Christian morals, and The Donald hit back that it was “disgraceful” for any leader to question another person’s faith (though this is one of the real estate mogul’s familiar tactics against his opponents).
DeLemus told POLITICO that she was “actually referencing the papacy” rather than the pontiff specifically, and that by asking readers to conduct research she meant that they should consult “the Geneva Bible, which is the Bible I use when we study, the commentary is—actually by the founders of the United States actually, the Protestant Church—their commentary references the papacy as the anti-Christ,” she said.
DeLemus, who was elected to the state legislature in 2010, was one of a contingent of Granite State Republican lawmakers who back in 2011, at the height of birther-mania, waged an unsuccessful battle to keep Obama off the state ballot. (She got into an ugly screaming fit with the assistant state attorney general, which you can watch here.)
“I’m not Catholic so I don’t think he’s infallible. I believe he’s fallible just like the rest of us,” DeLemus told POLITICO. “I’m really not a respecter of men. It’s really God I respect.”
And Trump, too, apparently.
[h/t New York Daily News]
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