Recently, The Pokemon Company released a five-minute trailer for its upcoming game “Pokemon Sun and Moon” which showed off a few new creatures — including Gumshoos, a mongoose-like Pokemon that shares an uncanny resemblance to the Republican presidential nominee.
According to Heavy, Twitter users immediately noticed the similarities. It’s also worth mentioning the game takes place in the “Alola” region, giving users the ability to make many jokes involving Trump’s campaign slogan.
Turns out, one one of the game’s “gyms,” which are designated spots where players can challenge one another, is located at WBC in Topeka, Kansas. For those who aren’t familiar with “Pokémon Go,” it is an augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic that allows players to “catch” Pokemon nearby.
After users found the location, Pokémon player Pinknose took over the gym at WBC leaving a pink Clefairy named “Loveislove” as a guard.
The Westboro Baptist Church Gym is currently controlled by a Clefairy named LOVEISLOVE . ICONIC. I LOVE IT. pic.twitter.com/y4RRv5nXxT
Recognizing the user’s decision to nickname the character using the phrase commonly associated with the LGBT community, WBC retaliated by co-opting the Pokémon Jigglypuff in a message. The WBC’s Twitter account posted a Vine yesterday depicting Jigglypuff holding a “repent or perish” sign with the phrase “Pokéemon go and sin no more” above.
Since then, WBC has sent out a number of posts using different Pokémon as their spokesmen. The church has even declared “Pokémon Go”-war against the user Pinknose and appears to be getting ready to challenge the Clefairy with its own Pokémon.