Pope Owns Trump By Tweeting He Has The Power To Pardon Billions
On the heels of President Donald Trump tweeting that he has the authority to pardon himself if he needs to, Pope Francis shot back with a claim that raised the bar. The religious leader of millions of Roman Catholics worldwide tweeted, "As has been stated by numerous Catholic writings, I have the absolute authority to pardon anyone. That is billions of people." He followed the claim with a string of hashtags... #PardonPower #BeatThat #WhosYoDaddy #IAm
As the leader of the Roman Catholic church, the pope is considered by catholics worldwide as the 'vicar of Christ', or the one who is the representation of Christ. The tradition of the President to pardon citizens and the Pope to pardon sinners runs deep. No President has ever pardoned himself. And to our knowledge, no pope has ever pardoned the whole world.
Ironically, the United States Constitution does not explicitly say that the President can pardon himself. Neither does the Bible give a religious leader the authority to pardon anyone from eternal damnation. But these men have not allowed their ruling documents to get in the way of their own self-appreciation.
We don't know how far this battle between the Pontiff and the POTUS will go, but last year Francis gave all priests the authority to pardon women who have had abortions. That is next level pardon power for sure. No word from Trump if he will delegate the Presidential self-pardon to anyone else. This Twitter war has the potential to make Kanye vs. Swift look like Laurel vs. Hardy.
In a since deleted tweet, Pope Francis told Trump to quit using the phrase 'witchhunt'. "We know all about witch hunts, Mr. President. Where do you think the phrase, 'You're fired!' comes from?"