Ann Coulter slams Pope Francis for urging acceptance of gays but not Donald Trump

The Pope called on the Church to be more open towards the divorced. Thrice-divorced Trump may be a bridge too far

By Sophia Tesfaye
Published April 8, 2016 6:56PM (EDT)
Ann Coulter (AP/Cliff Owen)
Ann Coulter (AP/Cliff Owen)

Bernie Sanders accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to speak at the Vatican next week, so naturally, professional flamethrower Ann Coulter is reacting with a hissy fit demanding that the Pontiff show some love for her favorite American politician, Donald Trump.

On Twitter Friday afternoon, the proactive (and frankly tired) pundit reacted to news of the Pope's call for a more progressive approach from the Church. Francis released a 256-page document called "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love" on Friday, urging priests to preach a more compassionate vision for the church on social issues like divorce and LGBT members.

“I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion,” the pope wrote. “But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness.”

For some reason, Pope Francis' failure to explicitly endorse Donald Trump came as shock to Coulter:

Of course, Francis slammed Trump during his recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel."


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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