Donald Trump hit back at Pope Francis for questioning his religious faith, calling the pontiff’s remarks “disgraceful,” although casting doubt on others’ professed Christianity is a familiar campaign tactic for Trump.
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump wrote Thursday. But just six days earlier, Trump asked, “How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?”
How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
Trump claimed that Cruz’s campaign’s tactics in Iowa exposed him as a religious hypocrite: “You can’t lie and then hold up the bible, OK?” Trump told John Dickerson. “He consistently lies. What he did to Ben Carson was a disgrace. What he did with the voter violation form — which is a fraud — is a disgrace. And you can’t do that. You can’t hold up all of these values and hold up the bible and then lie.”
So if Trump asserts that “no leader… should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” is that a tacit admission that he’s a hypocrite, or just not “leader” material?
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