President Donald Trump was widely praised for his speech before the Polish people Thursday, but one line made many of his critics blow a gasket on social media.
Here’s the line as reported by CNBC’s John Harwood on Twitter:
Trump: "the people of Poland, the people of America, still cry out 'we want God'."
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) July 6, 2017
Many reacted in horror at the thought of our president saying that people are crying out for God.
“WTF is that supposed to mean? That he is God? I do NOT want God, and if I do, I sure as heck do not need my government to pick my God for me,” responded Twitter user @Catbert234.
What many of these critics didn’t realize is that Trump didn’t invent the phrase, it was a quote that the Polish people would instantly recognize. When Pope John Paul II, now a saint, visited Poland in 1979, the chant “we want God” became a rallying cry for the Polish people seeking freedom from oppressive Soviet control.
Many mocked the passage, not knowing they were simply manifesting their own ignorance of history.
Not sure about this speechwriter…deep thoughts…
— Troy Hargrove (@Thargrove74) July 6, 2017
More like “oh my GAWD”. So embarrassing.
— Tweeting Folly (@TweetingFolly) July 6, 2017
So, what’s stopping them? Whoever wants God, can worship the God they want! It’s a free country!
— Deb S (@DebashriSG) July 6, 2017
What the heck is he talking about? https://t.co/KDtpMrLj1m
— 413StayingConnected (@413Connected) July 6, 2017
But, in a pinch, they'll accept braggarts who boast about sexually harrassing women. https://t.co/K3HYmCJStC
— FORMarchitecture (@form_architect) July 6, 2017
Another user mocked, “That’s not what he said on tape.He said ‘he wanted to grab pu**ies.’ Maybe try going to church instead of golfing. if you want God so badly.”
He is a sociopath.
— Cary Urso (@cary_urso) July 6, 2017
Omg. He is so craven & clueless
— Laurie Ann ✌🏻 (@Miss_Lo_La) July 6, 2017
Millions of people cried out for this god too & met their agonizing deaths with no answer. Even on 9/11. So where is this god they want??
— Sophie Katherine G. (@ClassicSophie) July 6, 2017
— Annalea (@citizengatsby) July 6, 2017
…. as long as he is the Christian god. Forgive the pun, but god forbid if the god was Muslim, Hindu etc…
— Oliver Gradwell (@marketingoliver) July 6, 2017
good god 😑
— Doc (@beepsjr) July 6, 2017
What in the everloving hell? Who wrote this speech for him?
— DRW (@debdebwells1) July 6, 2017
That’s such a disgusting statement to come out of his mouth that I want to wash his mouth out with soap.
— Marty in the G (@thegoatsnanny1) July 6, 2017
Blasphemy from him
— ktforest (@ktforest7) July 6, 2017
Trump doesn’t give a rip about “God” or decency or care for anyone’s life or welfare. Trump’s “God” is Money, Ego, & Power. DT is repugnant.
— Patricia Donworth (@patdonworth) July 6, 2017
Trump was also maligned by a deceptively edited video that falsely portrayed the first lady of Poland snubbing his handshake. Many shared it without bothering to check for the longer video that showed her cheerfully shaking his hand after greeting first lady Melania Trump.
The president will attend the G-20 economic summit Friday where he will attend a highly anticipated meeting with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.