Without naming Donald Trump, Cardinal Timothy Dolan tweeted out a message for Martin Luther King Day with a sharply aimed barb at the president.
Rev. King, my fellow pastor, we miss you more than ever. You so powerfully upheld the dignity of every human person, made in God’s image and likeness. You would remind us today that no country is a “hole,” no person unworthy of respect.
— Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) January 15, 2018
The reference to “hole” is clearly about Trump’s comments last week that he did not want immigration from “shithole countries,” like Haiti and El Salvador, which the President has since denied making – even though Democratic Senators who were there have confirmed what he said.
Dolan, who is Archbishop of New York – Trump’s hometown – was criticized last January when he spoke at the president’s inauguration, reading a passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prayer for the Trump administration.
By February, however, Dolan had become a vocal critic of Trump, mainly over his immigration restrictions, after he banned immigration from a number of primarily Muslim countries.
Dolan at the time said what Trump wants to do may be one thing, but the way he is doing it is not a good thing. At the time, Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda had just canceled a visit to the U.S. after spending time caring for both Chrisitan and Muslim refugees.
Warda, praised by Dolan as “one of the most loving men in the world,” cited the political climate under Trump as his reason to cancel the trip.
Now Dolan is angry over Trump’s efforts to deport hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador and elsewhere even though they have lived legally and peacefully in the U.S for many years.
Dolan is echoing the comments of Pope Francis, who has been an active critic of Trump’s treatment of immigrants.
Pope calls anti-immigrant rhetoric 'demeaning [to] human dignity' https://t.co/UdIc5Em8Wq
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 24, 2017
Trump made a statement three days ago praising Martin Luther King, but what Dolan is saying, and what the Trump has said, is a lot more in line with what the slain leader stood for – caring for all people.