Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a new enemy (what’s new, right?) in Pope Francis. The head of the Catholic church called out Mr. “Make America Great Again” over his plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, with Trump calling the Pope “disgraceful” in response.
And while Trump’s comments on Il Papa were characteristically acid, the war of words ultimately led to the beautiful (and hilarious) creation of #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain, a hashtag that allowed Twitter users to imagine attacks Trump may launch against the Pope in the near future.
I can't remember the last time the Vatican won anything. #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) February 18, 2016
WINNERS HAVE TOWERS LOSERS HAVE BASILICAS #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain
— R Hawes (@rehawes) February 18, 2016
"He wasn't even born in Vatican City, how can he be Pope? I'm just saying we should be looking into this" #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain
— Travon Free (@Travon) February 18, 2016
"This guy, the pope, wearing a red dress. Makes him look like a-I won't say it. No I won't say it. A pu–y" #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain
— Daniel Buccieri NBCT (@hypercritical9) February 18, 2016
"I own golf carts better looking than that popemobile. So low class. Sad!" #MakeTheVaticanGreatAgain
— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) February 18, 2016
If you were to quiz someone on whether Trump actually tweeted any of that, chances are they’d flunk, because each one totally sounds like something he’d say. In that same statement where he called the pontiff “disgraceful,” the presidential hopeful also said the following:
“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.”
Until Pope Francis responds (which would be a first for his Twitter account), at least we have this running joke.