WikiLeaks: Podesta and Left-Wing Activist Discuss ‘Catholic Spring’ to Improve 'Backwards' Church
On Monday, WikiLeaks published an email showing Clinton operatives mocking conservative Catholics and sneering at the fact that right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch had his kids baptized in Jordan.
"It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith," John Halpin wrote to Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri, now the communications director of the Clinton campaign. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
Palmieri seemed to agree: "I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion," she wrote. "Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals."
The Trump campaign held a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon to discuss the "breathtaking" anti-Catholic bigotry that has been exposed in the Clinton campaign.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said: "For 30 years Hillary Clinton has been hostile to issues that are important to Catholics. Now her staff is caught calling Catholics 'backwards.' Everyone involved should be ashamed."
She added that the insults "shouldn't go unnoticed or unpunished" and called on Hillary Clinton to fire the staff members that showed religious bigotry.
Former United States Ambassador to the Holy See Jim Nicholson said he was "greatly offended and disappointed" by the comments and said that an apology was in order. He agreed with Conway that Clinton should immediately fire the staffers.
Former Speaker of the House and current Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich said that the emails exposed "the callousness and contempt" with which progressive elites hold Catholics. He noted that for them, the "deplorables" label pertains to people of faith and pointed out that these are the people who will be advising Hillary on her picks for the Supreme Court.
Gingrich, too, called on Hillary to fire the anti-Catholic staffers. "Will she stand by her bigoted and anti-Catholic staff or step in and get rid of them?" he asked.