Hillary Clinton’s campaign team has called out Donald Trump for his racist, misogynistic, and myopic views. It turns out that this may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
A new WikiLeaks publication shows emails purportedly between John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, and other Democratic leaders lambasting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters, the Hispanic community, journalists, and even former Bill Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal.
Much of the email dump has been reported by NPR and gives the public unfiltered access into the minds of the people behind Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Correspondence was shared among a number of people on Clinton’s team including Podesta, John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, and Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Clinton. The report pointed out that their overall mindset towards the Catholic faith was “condescending” at best.
One of the emails referred to an article where it was revealed that Rupert Murdoch’s children are being raised as Catholics.
“Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts)…they must be attracted to the systematic thought and [severely] backwards gender relations,” Halpin wrote.
Palmieri replied, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 12, 2016
The backlash against Clinton’s campaign team was immediate, prompting prominent Catholic organizations to call for Palmieri’s resignation.
Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement, “We call on Hillary Clinton to apologize and to fire the staff who have engaged in this vicious anti-Catholic bigotry. All of this shows who these people are at the core.”
“The American people need to know who they are and their very radical agenda that will be an assault on Catholics and all people of faith and good will,” the statement added.
The Atlantic, however, said that Hillary Clinton should not be judged immediately based on the email exchanges between her campaign team. The article reported that they don’t really give a peek into her frame of mind when it comes to Catholics, Hispanics, and journalists.
But what the emails show is how the Democratic presidential candidate’s persona is being packaged, shaped, and created according to what her campaign team thinks is the best possible character to present to the voters.
The WikiLeaks dump also showed just how much of a traditional politician Hillary Clinton is. “Unlike her opponents in 2016, Clinton isn’t promising a revolution, or to upend the system, or even really to change politics. She’s just pledging to do it better,” the article said.
There’s another more upsetting part of the emails: the fact that there might be some truth to Trump’s accusation about collusion between the Department of Justice and Clinton following the State Department’s email scandal.
One email was from Brian Fallon, the spokesman for Hillary Clinton, who had written in May 2015, “DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning, so we could have a window into the judge’s thinking about this proposed production schedule as quickly as today.”
Trump instantly jumped on that revelation by telling his supporters during the political rally on Monday night, “Today we learned, amazingly, that the Department of Justice fed information to the Clinton campaign about the email investigation so that the campaign could be prepared to cover up her crimes.”
— DonaldTrump (@3Danayen) October 7, 2016
The GOP presidential candidate has been proposing to anyone who’d care to listen that Clinton should pay for her crimes in the aftermath of the State Department email scandal.
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