FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2016
MADISON, WI — The latest Wikileaks emails to go public reveal a series of communications involving Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman John Podesta and the campaign’s Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri in which Catholics are described as “severely backwards” and guilty of the “bastardization” of faith in general. The email author goes so far as to accuse Catholics of being “totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
These disparaging remarks were made by John Halpin, an employee at the Center for American Progress — which was run by John Podesta until he went to work for the Clinton campaign.
Clinton spokeswoman Palmieri did not pushback at Halpin’s attacks on Catholics. In fact, Palmieri suggested that these conversions to Catholicism were not authentic, but motivated by social pressure because “their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
Halpin said this was an “excellent point” and that these Catholics like to “sound sophisticated” but “no one knows what the hell they are talking about.”
Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org, said that these newly uncovered discussions show a continued pattern from the Clinton campaign of disparaging political opponents.
“Hillary Clinton has already called half of her opponents’ supporters ‘a basket of deplorables’ and ‘irredeemable’ and now it comes out that her campaign spokeswoman dismissively question the sincerity of Catholic Americans’ faith. And there’s no evidence that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta ever pushed back at these smears against Catholicism,” said Burch.
“Everyone has a unique faith journey, and it’s just insulting to make blanket statements maligning people’s motives for converting to another faith tradition. Had Palmieri spoken this way about other groups she would dismissed. Palmieri must resign immediately or be fired,” Burch added.