Iraqi Christians – including a Catholic priest, a Kurdish soldier and a young girl – shared their outrage at President Barack Obama and their hope that Donald J. Trump wins the 2016 presidential election in a short video posted on the Emtedaad al-Dawlah Facebook page from Qaraqosh, a town outside of Mosul recently liberated by the Iraqi Army.
The priest opens the video standing in his black shirt and Roman collar with two large rosary beads hanging next to him.
“The suffering of the Iraqi people is a result of the wars and terrible decisions made by our political leaders in Iraq that have resulted in catastrophes for our nation and, in particular, the Christian minority,” he said.
“The US government led by President Obama could have protected us – or at least helped us to protect ourselves,” he said. “But unfortunately Obama abandoned us, and chose not to get involved.”
A young girl wearing a crucifix makes it even more direct: “We hope this new guy called Trump will help us more than Obama did.”
A man in the village also said he hopes that Trump will bring a different approach to Iraqi Christians: “Obama has never helped the Christians. In fact, he despises them. In the last 26 months, he has shown he despises all of them. But we have hope in the new president, Trump.”