Susan DeLemus, a New Hampshire state representative and vocal Donald Trump supporter wrote on her Facebook wall that the pope is the “anti-Christ” in response to Pope Francis’ comments on Donald Trump’s Christianity.
“The Pope is the anti-Christ. Do your research,” DeLemus wrote, following up in the thread saying “I’m not sure who the Pope truly has in his heart.”
DeLemus told Politico that she was actually referring to the papacy.
“I was actually referencing the papacy. And what I wrote after that ‘do your research,’ if you read 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,” DeLemus said. “And I think actually in one part of it, and I don’t remember who it was that wrote it, there was one of the popes that they had referenced as the anti-Christ. So that’s all I was referring to, the papacy, not particularly that one particular pope because the papacy is a seat. It’s not just one person.”She went on to say she doesn’t respect men, she only respects God.
“I’m not Catholic so I don’t think he’s infallible. I believe he’s fallible just like the rest of us,” DeLemus said. “I’m really not a respecter of men. It’s really God I respect, and he’s the head and the leader.”
And then continued by criticizing the pope’s comments about Trump, saying it wasn’t fair for him to judge who is Christian or not.
“Some people who have accepted Christ believe they’re Christian and then they fall away. Or they never had salvation or they do have it. That’s not really our business. For me, I love Jesus Christ. I believe he is the son of God. I love God and I believe I am a saved sinner. That’s who I am. And that’s how I try to live my life. And as you can see I’m completely fallible and human and make mistakes as we all do.”
This isn’t the first time the far right has gone after Pope Francis. Just last year Fox News called him the most dangerous man alive for his views on climate change and poverty.
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