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"Not-Christian" comments create mixed reaction

Posted at 10:45 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 07:47:53-05

The Republican primary has been contentious and now even the Pope is getting into the fray.

Julio Gomez's parents were born in Mexico. “They were migrant workers and they ended up in Chicago.” That's why he opposes Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall across the southern border to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S.

He said he's glad Pope Francis called Trump not-Christian for suggesting it. “I love the Pope,” said Gomez, who is also Catholic.”This Pope is great, and Donald Trump, I don't have a very good opinion of.”

“I agree with the Pope,” said Buffalo resident, Linda Drajem. “I think that was a very unkind, un-Christian thing to say, to build a wall to keep people out.”

But not everyone we spoke to agreed with the Pope.

“I think he should look at his own wall before he talks about ours,” said Trump supporter, Michael Caputo.

Caputo’s also worked on three presidential races in the past. He said the campaign has no room for the Pope's comments.

“I thought it was really out of line for the Pope to inject himself into the presidential race in the United States.”

Furthermore, Caputo doesn't think the Pope's opinion of Trump will hurt him at the polls. “Much bigger problems don't even touch him. So the fact that the Pope doesn't think he's a Christian, I think it's not going to make Donald Trump drop at all,” Caputo explained.

Gomez said he doesn't know if this will make voters think twice about Trump. However, he can only hope Trump will when he considers actions against Mexico. “Let them in. That's what my parents did.”

The latest CNN Poll puts Trump in the lead in South Carolina over both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The South Carolina primary takes place on Saturday.