The Pope is back, slamming conservative, anti-establishment outsiders once again.
On Saturday, Pope Francis gave a severe warning against “populism” around the globe, claiming that it could lead to leaders that are similar to Adolf Hitler.
His comments are particularly divisive considering the greatest populist victory in modern history is the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States — and the fact that he uttered this very comparison right when the inauguration was taking place.
“Of course crises provoke fears and worries,” the pontiff said in an hour-long interview with Spanish paper El Pais, but added that for him “the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933.
“Germany… was looking for a leader, someone who would give her back her identity and there was a little man named Adolf Hitler who said ‘I can do it’.”
Earlier in 2016, Pope Francis condemned Trump’s border security remarks, saying that the world should “build bridges, not walls.”
However, that didn’t get the Pope very far, as the Vatican is completely surrounded by walls that are higher than the ones proposed by Trump.
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