LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — A newly-leaked email from the latest
Wikileaks dump appeared to show key Hillary Clinton aides making
derogatory statements about Catholicism and evangelical
The exchange was part of a 2011 email chain between Clinton
campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, campaign chairman John
Podesta and John Halpin from the Center for American Progress.
Under the subject line of “Conservative Catholicism”, Halpin
makes reference to Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch and Wall Street
Journal managing editor Robert Thompson for “raising their kids
“Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the
Baptist baptized Jesus”, Halpin said.
He goes on to claim that “(m)any of the most powerful elements
of the conservative movement are all Catholic”, which he
describes as “an amazing bastardization of the faith” that
includes “severely backwards gender relations”.
“It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be
attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards
gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian
democracy”, wrote Halpin.
Podesta does not respond to the email chain, but Palmieri
replies, “I imagine they think it is the most socially
acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends
wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
Catholic League president Bill Donahue said the emails “reveal
anti-Catholicism on the part of the Clinton campaign” and called
for Clinton to “sanction Podesta and Palmieri immediately.”
A statement from Donahue read in part: “These anti-Catholic
remarks are bad enough, but it makes one wonder what else
Clinton’s chiefs, and others associated with the campaign, are
saying about Catholics and Catholicism.
“If Trump’s inner circle spoke with derision about transgender
persons, the sirens would be sounded by the mainstream media and
his operatives would be hung out to dry,” said Donahue.
The Clinton campaign would not confirm the authenticity of
Podesta’s leaked emails, noting that Russian hackers often
Podesta told the Associated Press the FBI is investigating
Russia’s possible role in hacking thousands of his personal
emails, an intrusion he said Donald Trump’s campaign may have
been aware of in advance.
While Podesta didn’t directly accuse Trump of assisting in any
Russian meddling with American campaigns, he suggested Trump was
either “willfully ignoring” intelligence officials’ warnings
about Russian government involvement or “an unwitting agent of
the Russian Federation.”
Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak dismissed the
accusations as untrue.