Following his campaign announcement last June, Republican front runner Donald Trump has surprised many by catapulting to the top of most primary polls. While Trump may still be in the lead, not everyone is a fan of the billionaire real estate mogul, as reported by The New York Times on Feb. 18.

Pope Francis on Trump

After concluding his six-day trip to Mexico, Pope Francis headed back to Rome on the papal airliner where reporters where loaded with questions. The issue of the 2016 election came up and Francis was asked about the GOP favorite, and he didn't appear to be a fan.

Francis pushed back at claims that Trump was a Christian, citing his plans to build a wall along the United States/Mexican border as a way to block illegal immigrants from entering the country. "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said. When the pontiff made his first trip to the United States last September, the news media shutdown and covered Francis from start to finish. Addressing Republicans and Democrats in Congress, Francis made such an impact that then Speaker of the House Rep.

John Boehner was seen crying, while announcing he was stepping down as Speakerjust days later.

Trump fires back

The former host of "The Apprentice" was not happy when he heard the comments made by the Pope. "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful," Trump said to a crowd of supporters in South Carolina. "He said very negative things about me because the Mexican gov convinced him that Trump is not a good guy," Trump said, putting the blame on Mexico for Francis' negative view.

The outspoken former reality show host continued, promising that if he's not elected, Francis will be wishing he was in the White House if the Islamic State (ISIS) continues it's destruction in the Middle East. While taking a hard shot at the Pope would be the certain end to to most political campaigns, Trump has been able to weather the storm and change the historical rules of running for president.

Heading into the South Carolina primary, Trump has expanded his lead to nearly 20 points.

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