Donald Trump’s Pope Francis problem

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Crux. He writes:

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has a big Pope Francis problem. His values, attitude, and policies stand in profound contrast to the 78-year-old Argentinian pontiff. Last week’s debate made that all the more clear.

Pope Francis says we must build bridges to make a home for the excluded. Donald Trump’s response? “We need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly.”

Francis — who supports equal pay for women — hails “the indispensable contribution which women make to society.” Trump, on the other hand, has a history of sexist behavior. On Friday, he appeared to suggest that Fox TV’s Megyn Kelly asked tough questions during the debate because she was having her period. (Trump has vehemently denied that was his meaning.)

This isn’t the first time Trump has presented himself as a foil to the popular universal leader of the Catholic Church.

Trump announced his entry into the race with a controversial June 16 speech in which he castigated Mexicans who immigrated into the United States illegally, calling them rapists and drug dealers….

The ability of Kasich, Bush, Rubio, and Walker to talk about matters of faith well could be a key factor to winning the GOP nomination.

To date, it’s unclear whether Donald Trump can do that. If this doesn’t change soon, he could be the GOP’s “flavor of the week” instead of the party’s nominee in 2016.

The full article can be read here.