The president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, issued a press release today, “Trump’s Spokeswoman Must Apologize.” At issue is a December 8, 2011, tweet by Katrina Pierson:
Just saw a commercial from Catholic Church stating that Catholic Church was started by Jesus. I bet they believe that too. #sad
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) December 18, 2011
Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
No one makes a comment like this without harboring an animus against Catholicism. It would be instructive to learn more about Pierson’s thoughts on the subject. Perhaps she can share them with us.
I agree and so do the countless Catholics who took to Facebook and Twitter over the past two days to decry Pierson’s presence in the Trump campaign and call for her removal. Donohue doesn’t go that far. He asks for “assurances from Donald Trump that he will not tolerate anti-Catholicism in his campaign.”
Knowing Bill Donohue as I do, I promise he will not leave this issue alone until Trump responds. If Trump ignores Donohue’s reasonable request, the charge of anti-Catholicism will only begin to look credible.
Katrina Pierson, who voted for Obama in 2008, became Trump’s spokeswoman last November. Her eventual disillusionment with Obama led Pierson to become active in the Texas Tea Party out of which she emerged as a leader. She supported Ted Cruz in his 2012 Senatorial campaign, but during a January 2015 meeting of Tea Party leaders with Ted Cruz in Myrtle Beach, she met Trump. Pierson found herself drawn away from Cruz towards Trump, as she has explained, because of his “non-traditional” campaign style. Continue Reading