In the midst of Pope Francis clashing with billionaire tycoon Donald Trump over the issue of Border security between the U.S. and Mexico and Trump’s religious bona fides, Trump’s chief New Jersey surrogate took a jab at the pontiff.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” the pope said in reference to Trump and the leading Republican candidate’s desire to build a wall to block the influx of undocumented workers into the United States.
State Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), Catholic, defended his presidential candidate.
“The pope is well known by having Swiss Guards around the Vatican,” Doherty said. “Maybe he should dismiss those Swiss Guards and allow anyone who wants to walk in and out of the pope’s residence to do so. The way it is now, heaven forbid anyone goes where they’re not supposed to around there, they’ll get a spear in their ribs.
“We’ve got a situation here where millions are coming in illegally across the border,” Doherty added. “The pope should set the example by having no border protection around the Vatican – and I say that sarcastically. But really, I mean is Pope Francis condoning law breaking? There’s total lawlessness down there with the border. I’m Catholic. The pope should be praying that people don’t break the law. Christians first and foremost want to be fair to their fellow man. Pope Francis should focus on saving souls and stay out of us politics.”
Doherty was the first elected official in the legislature to formally back Trump’s candidacy. On Saturday, his colleague, state Senator Joe Pennacchip (R-26) joined him.
“Trump’s doing great,” Doherty said. “He has got quite the movement going and he’s getting better at his presentation. I thought it was fantastic in the debate when he pointed out that Iraq was a total waste. That was the kind of information that needs to get out to the voters. The only person thinking outside the box is Donald Trump. Everyone else is doing a tap dance for the billionaire donor class.”