WikiLeaks Dump: Top Clinton Aides Slam Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity
New revelations from the latest WikiLeaks dump has key Hillary Clinton aides taking heat after they are caught attacking two major faith groups in email correspondence.
The 2011 email chains between Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, Campaign Chairman John Podesta and John Halpin from the Center for American Progress are involved in the messages, Trace Gallagher reported.
Halpin characterizes Catholicism an “amazing bastardization of the faith.”
Halpin continues, criticizing 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Fox News, and NewsCorp Chairman Robert Thomson for raising their children Catholic, Gallagher reported:
“They must be attracted to the systemic thought and severely backward gender relations,” he writes.
Podesta, a Catholic, does not directly respond in the correspondence.
“I imagine they think it the is the most socially acceptable, politically conservative religion–their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals” Palmieri says of the two men.
The Catholic League slammed those involved, saying it “makes one wonder what else Clinton’s chiefs… are saying about Catholics and Catholicism.”
Karl Rove called the remarks “thinly-veiled bigotry,” suggesting that “Donald Trump…take a whack at these comments [instead of Paul Ryan]” in the coming days.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Megyn Kelly that these are the same folks who believe in Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” characterization of Trump supporters.
“They believe that people who actually want to live by their faith are backwater people. [They see religion as a] glorified social club–if you want to…live your life according to [Scripture], you’re going to run into trouble with Hillary Clinton.”
According to the latest Atlantic poll, Clinton holds a majority of Catholic voter support, by a 55-34 margin.