As President Donald Trump was being sworn into office, Pope Francis warned about the rise of populist leaders such as Adolf Hitler, the IB Times website reports today (January 22, 2017).
The pontiff made the comments to Spanish newspaper El Pais, warning that Trump-like leaders abuse our judgment in times of crisis.
The pope added that populism was flourishing in Germany in 1933 and sought a leader, Adolf Hitler, to restore its character. "And all Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people."
Despite his strongly worded warning, the pope insisted the world must "wait and see" before judging Trump and see how he performs in his role as U.S. President.