Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2 (1)“Vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance, and — we do not hesitate to use the word — demagoguery.” Those are among the charges which 37 of America’s leading Catholics have leveled against GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Princeton Professor Robert George and George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, penned an open letter to Catholics which appears in the Monday, March 7 issue of The National Review. Another 35 thought leaders in academia and the media joined George and Weigel in signing the letter, which minces no words in calling out billionaire Donald Trump for his vulgar and low-level campaign. The letter says, in part:

We understand that many good people, including Catholics, have been attracted to the Trump campaign because the candidate speaks to issues of legitimate and genuine concern: wage stagnation, grossly incompetent governance, profligate governmental spending, the breakdown of immigration law, inept foreign policy, stifling “political correctness” — for starters. There are indeed many reasons to be concerned about the future of our country, and to be angry at political leaders and other elites. We urge our fellow Catholics and all our fellow citizens to consider, however, that there are candidates for the Republican nomination who are far more likely than Mr. Trump to address these concerns, and who do not exhibit his vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance, and — we do not hesitate to use the word — demagoguery.

Mr. Trump’s record and his campaign show us no promise of greatness; they promise only the further degradation of our politics and our culture. We urge our fellow Catholics and all our fellow citizens to reject his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination by supporting a genuinely reformist candidate.

Thank you to those Catholic leaders who raised their voices to call their fellow Catholics (and others) to a higher standard: prominent speakers, teachers and writers including Francis Beckwith, Gerard Bradley, Mary Ellen Bork, Don Briel, Brian Burch, Mary Eberstadt, Eduardo Eccheveria, Mary Rice Hasson, Rachel Lu, Kate O’Beirne, and others.

Nobody asked me–but would I join with these prominent Catholics in denouncing the vulgar and self-aggrandizing Trump, and urging Catholics to get behind another candidate?  Yes, I would! 

Tomorrow is the Michigan Primary Election, and Donald Trump leads in the polls. Part of the reason for that is that Catholics are supporting him. I really, really don’t understand it; but please, if you’re one of those who think that The Donald’s type of “change” is a good thing for America, please reconsider.

Read the full letter at The National Review.


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