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Bush: Pope's visit to Mexican border helped Trump

July 12, 2016

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said that a visit to the US- Mexico border by Pope Francis helped Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Speaking on MSNBC television about his own unsuccessful campaign, Bush said: "The Pope intervening in American politics didn't help." The said that the papal visit to the border helped dramatize the issue of immigration, at a time when Trump was promising to build a wall on the border. "Trump, to his credit, was very smart at exploiting these kinds of opportunities," Bush said.

Bush, who is a Catholic, said that the Pope "had every right to preach the Gospel there." However, he continued: "But I don't think he should be intervening. I don't know if he understood that he was intervening in our political affairs."

 
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  • Posted by: Caritas - Jul. 13, 2016 8:27 PM ET USA

    Agree, sour grapes!

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 13, 2016 7:26 AM ET USA

    Pope Francis is an unfortunate choice of a person to receive the blame for an unfortunate political campaign! The Pope has God on his side. Jeb had only George and his parents!

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 12, 2016 11:22 PM ET USA

    Trump was helped by Republican disunity and Infighting, Sorry,Jeb, you can't blame Pope Francis.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 12, 2016 9:51 PM ET USA

    Sour grapes.