In a major find by Buzz Feed’s Andrew Kaczynski, Donald Trump was interviewed by Howard Stern on September 11, 2002 in which Stern asked Trump if the United States should invade Iraq. He answered “Yeah, I guess so,” Trump replied. “I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
The Pope remarked today that Donald Trump was not a Christian. The remarks came in response to questioning by a reporter asking him about proposals to deport undocumented aliens. He answered. “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.” The Pope declined to call on Catholics to not vote for Trump. He said, “I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Trump of course, fired back in response, “”For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian,” Mr Trump said. “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
In typical Trump conspiratorial fashion, he blamed the Mexican government for the Pope’s statement. “[The pope] said negative things about me. Because the Mexican government convinced him that Trump is not a good guy,” he said.
My readers will recall that earlier I had posted an article that Donald Trump is not a Christian and explained the theological reasons for my conclusion. I now feel validated after being berated by some that I had “unfairly judged” Trump.
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The Charleston Post and Courier broke today that Governor Haley will endorse Marco Rubio tonight at a Rubio rally in Chapin. There has been much speculation as to whether the governor would make an endorsement. News broke yesterday that she would favor anyone by Donald Trump. However, she has now decided to endorse Rubio.
Haley is a popular governor in South Carolina, and popular among Republicans nationwide. She was chosen by the Republican party to provide the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address as one of the party’s “rising stars.”
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All eyes now focus on South Carolina among Republicans. Will Donald Trump continue what he did in New Hampshire? Will Ted Cruz gather evangelicals as he did in Iowa? Can Marco Rubio bounce back? Does John Kasich or Jeb Bush have life outside of New Hampshire? Those are the questions that will be answered this week – at least in part. Rubio had the strong debate performance he needed. Trump had the meltdown that everyone else needed him to have. Will the ground games of Cruz and Rubio overcome the name recognition of Trump?
As a fairness disclaimer, most know that I have already endorsed Marco Rubio. In fact, I’m in South Carolina volunteering to assist the Rubio campaign in any way that I can.
I will be keep a daily video blog regarding my time here. Feel free to follow along.
Chris Christie announced today that he is suspending his candidacy for President. Christie’s campaign placed significant resources in the New Hampshire campaign, but received a disappointing 8% with no apparent path forward for his campaign.
Former Senator Rick Santorum announced that he is suspending his bid for the Republican nomination for President. In 2012, Santorum was the next to the last man standing against Mitt Romney and was the winner – after recalculation – of the Iowa Caucus. However, he was not able to draw the same evangelical support that he had in 2012 and only drew 1% of the vote. Santorum’s withdrawal was widely anticipated as his campaign had focused most of their efforts in Iowa.