Mariann Budde

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Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde criticizes Trump
Mariann Edgar Budde at the Washington National Cathedral, on Thursday, 13 September 2012.
Mariann Edgar Budde at the Washington National Cathedral, on Thursday, 13 September 2012. Credit: NASA/Paul Alers / Public domain

Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, heavily criticized Trump's photo-op in front of St. John's Church while talking to CNN. Budde said she was outraged by his actions and that "the President did not pray when he came to St. John's, nor as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now."

She furthermore stated that: "And in particular, that of the people of colour in our nation, who wonder if anyone ever -- anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred words. And who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country. And I just want the world to know, that we in the diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love, we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President. We follow someone who lived a life of nonviolence and sacrificial love."