CV NEWS FEED // Former President Donald Trump suggested that President Joe Biden’s policies are harmful to the interests of religious Americans, including Catholics, whom Trump said are “very very angry” at the president.
“If you look at his policies, and if you look what he’s doing to religion and organized religion, if you look at what’s going on, I don’t know how the Catholic Church can be supportive of him,” Trump said in an interview with CBN.
“Now I got I guess 50 or 52 percent of the Catholic vote and I was very disappointed by that. I said ‘there’s no way,’” Trump said. “Evangelicals, great! But they got it, they really got it.” As for Catholics today, Trump said “the Catholics are very angry, very very angry at him.”
Since he took office, Biden has had a steady series of run-ins with Catholic leaders, many of them over the president’s ironclad support of abortion.
Spokesmen for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decried Biden’s insistence on forcing taxpayers to fund abortion by eliminating customary pro-life protections from spending bills — including the Hyde Amendment, a ban on federal abortion funding which has been included in bills for decades, and which Biden himself promised to support as recently as 2019.
In addition, Biden has irked Catholics by regularly projecting his own Catholicism, displaying his rosary during talks with Catholic foreign dignitaries and crossing himself for rhetorical effect when asked for comments about political adversaries.
In June, the U.S. Bishops agreed to begin drafting a statement clarifying how Catholics should appropriately prepare to receive Holy Communion. The forthcoming document might not mention Biden by name, but will likely cover the obligation of Catholics not to present themselves for Communion if they promote policies opposed to the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life, abortion, and sexual morality.
Biden’s approval ratings have plummeted among voters overall, recently reaching 44% — the lowest point in the presidency so far. In Iowa, widely considered by political prognosticators to be a bellwether state, polling found last week that only 31% of voters approve of Biden’s performance as president, while 62% disapprove.
Also last week, the U.S. Bishops issued the latest of many critical statements, this time denouncing the House’s passage of a Biden-backed bill designed to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, preemptively destroying all state-level legislation to protect unborn life.
“As a nation built on the recognition that every human being is endowed by its Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, this bill is a complete injustice,” the bishops wrote:
Congress should embrace public policy that respects the rights of mothers, their children, and the consciences of all Americans, not advance a radical “abortion on demand until birth” policy that is completely out of step with our country’s principles.