Susan DeLemus, a Republican state representative from New Hampshire, called Pope Francis “anti-Christ.” She also clarified that she was generally referring to the papacy; rather than the spiritual leader in particular.
In the controversial verbal attack, DeLemus said, “The Pope is the anti-Christ … I was actually referencing the papacy … if you read the Geneva Bible, which is the Bible I use when we study, the commentary is – actually by the founders of the United States actually, the Protestant Church – their commentary references the papacy as the anti-Christ.”
DeLemus made the controversial comments in Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s defense during his tiff with Pope Francis last Thursday. Earlier, she said that Trump was the only politician she could believe in.
The exchange of harsh words took place the same day on which the highest religious authority of Christians said a focus on building walls “isn’t Christian.” The Pope made the remarks when asked about Trump’s controversial foreign policy of banning Muslims from entering the United States.
During a debate in December, DeLemus criticized President Barack Obama “lies” all the time.
It is worth mentioning here that DeLemus is married to Jerry DeLemus, the co-chair of Veterans for Trump in New Hampshire. He once triggered hornet’s nest by expressing his support for the Oregon militia’s standoff with the federal government.