Did Clinton’s Campaign Spokeswoman Mock Catholics?

Did Clinton’s Campaign Spokeswoman Mock Catholics?

Yes in a 2011 email exchange leaked this week by WikiLeaks, Hilary Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri mocked Catholics and evangelical Christians.


In the email, Jennifer Palmieri, now the Clinton campaign’s director of communications, says that politically conservative Catholics “think [Roman Catholicism] is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

Palmieri was responding to a message from John Halpin, a fellow at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. Halpin remarked on a magazine article that discussed 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch’s decision to raise his children in the Catholic faith.

Halpin wrote. “Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.”

Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File.”

“They mock deeply held beliefs. They mock the idea that two conservative Catholics would have their children baptized in the same river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus,” Rove added. “I mean, this is really amazing that they would mock them. What Christians wouldn’t consider it a blessing to be able to afford to baptize their children in the Jordan River? This is so insensitive … I’m gonna say that it’s insensitive, but it strikes me that it really borders on bigotry, religious bigotry.”

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, called for Palmieri to “resign immediately or be fired” over the comments.

“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 [be] dismissed,” Burch said in a statement.

Rupert Murdoch is currently the executive chairman of Fox News, which includes FoxNews.com.

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