When The Pope thinks you’re a trouble making racist, you KNOW things are bad.
On Saturday Pope Francis denounced the “epidemic of animosity” against immigrants and people of other faiths in a speech that blamed populist politics for the rise of xenophobia and nationalism.
Although he didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, the Pope’s comments come just a little over a week after Trump’s shocking win triggered concerns over racism and discrimination in the U.S. Plus, “populism” is basically a code word now for the white nationalism our country is seeing in the world of Trump.
“We see, for example, how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant, or a refugee, become a threat, take on the status of an enemy,” Francis said, according to Reuters.
“An enemy because they come from a distant country or have different customs. An enemy because of the color of their skin, their language or their social class. An enemy because they think differently or even have a different faith,” he said.
The Pope’s comments also come after reports of hundreds of hate crimes across the U.S. in the wake of Trump’s victory, with the U.S. Justice Department announcing plans on Friday to investigate post-election incidents.