Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Spokeswoman Mocks Catholics


Two words Hillary Clinton should use at her morning staff meeting:

“You’re fired!”

Yesterday, Wikileaks released transcripts of an email exchange entitled “Conservative Catholicism” between Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, campaign spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri, and John Halpin, a staffer at the Clinton allied Center for American Progress.

In the email thread Halpin mocks News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thompson, Managing Editor of Wall Street Journal, for raising their kids Catholic.

Halpin writes about these Catholics: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy…”

Clinton spokesperson Palmieri agreed: “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

Halpin replied: “Excellent point. They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.”

Aside from their blatant bigotry and ignorance about the philosophy and social teachings of Catholicism, does anyone notice a pattern here?

Hillary has already called half of her opponents’ supporters ‘a basket of deplorables’ and‘irredeemable.’ Now we get a glimpse of what her staff and friends think about Catholics in particular:

They mock Catholic converts.

They ridicule Catholics for raising their kids Catholic.

They call our faith ‘severely backwards.’

Make no mistake, had Clinton staff and allies spoken this way about other groups, they would be dismissed. Just imagine if Clinton’s spokesperson was caught calling prominent Muslims or Jewish converts frauds for embracing their faith and mocking them for doing so because it was socially acceptable.

This morning we called on Jennifer Palmieri to resign immediately from the Clinton campaign.

Let’s shut down their campaign phone lines until Jennifer Palmieri is dismissed or resigns!

Let’s spread the word. Forward this email to your Catholic friends everywhere.

Call Hillary for America Headquarters now and tell them you are disgusted by the anti-Catholic comments made by spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri.

Hillary for America
Brooklyn Office

Tell them she must resign now!

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  1. {Halpin writes about these Catholics: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy…”}
    I called Hillary for America office this am and asked that my congratulations be extended to Halpin for nailing, beautifully, the very backward and unChristian attitudes expressed by so many Catholics (Catholic woman in particular) who would willingly overlook the gender abhorrence as expressed by their sickening misogynistic scum of a candidate, Donald Trump.

    • To my Catholic Friends,

      I want to thank Rich for showing why we must stay vigilant in this fight. He believes it will be a great day when Clinton is able to appoint Supreme Court judges that are will to strike down your ability to freely practice your faith.

      Trump stands opposed to Catholic haters like Rich. Trump has released the listing of judges he would appoint to the court. Trump has embraced Justice Scalia, a devout Catholic, as a “model” for his appointments. A vote for Trump is at worst a vote against Clinton’s design to undermine our faith. At best… he will Make America Great Again.


  2. Tara Bryngelson on

    I’m a proud Catholic and I will not vote for Hillary as I believe she surely shares these same veiws along with abortion. Trump may have said lewd things but her actions and those of her “husband” make me sick. #Trump2016

  3. Do you have a link to the specific leaked e-mail? In an election year, I like to keep the media honest. It’s not that I don’t trust you. I would just like to read the quotes in their entire context. Thank you.

  4. If trump staff had said this, would you have limited yourself to blaming the speaker. You hypocrites would have made another demand that he withdraw from the race. With clinton, you try to rehabilitate her campaign. Your group is deplorable.

  5. Is catholicvote.org one of the paid Democrat front groups working to undemine the Church? Don’t know how ekse to explain your support for that abortionist Clinton.

  6. Hillary is not a leader, she is a despicable person. All she wants is money and power, I can’t morally vote for her. She doesn’t care for anyone of faith or anyone but herself.

  7. Catholic Christian values of sincerity, honesty and charity underpin this democracy. Without these basic building blocks a free society would not be possible. Catholic institutions help the poor, providing healthcare, education and material needs. Catholic institutions support a woman’s choice to keep her child. Catholic institutions take in and help orphans and children who are victims of abuse. Soup kitchens help the down-and- out. There are religious orders dedicated to helping the poor elderly; those dying of cancer and AIDS. Catholic institutions are there to council the psychologically wounded. Catholic institutions help refugees, slavery victims and those in famine and war-torn areas. And the list goes on. Catholics need to speak up for themselves and let the politicians know what tremendous contributions we make to America and the world.

  8. Trump may not be the perfect person with faith but he will surely defend your faith, your religion among others. He might not be the perfect person to relay the message of faith, but he will ensure we can say Merry Christmas again and not happy holidays.

  9. How quickly one can elide “insulting two Catholics” into “insulting Catholics”!

    I certainly agree this shows a certain mean-spiritedness. But let him who has never privately insulted any person’s Christian faith (not a Baptist, nor an Episcopalian, nor a megachurch-er) cast the first stone.

  10. I think no one has the right to judge anyone’s religion. Who do they think they are. I wonder what the US would do if the leaders closed all the Catholic and other religious schools. We think public schools are not great now. What would our country do if they were responsible all U.S. kids?

  11. I’m a practicing Catholic and find nothing offensive about the comments. But as an American its hard to justify why women are denied from the priesthood. This clearly backward policy hurts the church.

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