Trump uses charity dinner speech to accuse Democrats of anti-Catholic fanaticism

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Four years after Mr. Trump broke with the convention of using the Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner to attack then-rival Hillary Clinton, rather than making fun of himself, he again used the event to denounce the Democrats.

Mr. Trump began his prerecorded remarks which were broadcast to congratulate the Catholic Church on its role in New York City and the country beyond.

“The incredible tradition of Catholic charity of this organization exemplifies the best, not only of this city, but of this country,” he said.

Yet he then used the speech to attack China over the coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, a death toll many critics say Mr. Trump is at least partly responsible for, then claims the party taken anti-Catholic “predominates” in the Democratic Party. Party.

Mr Trump, defending his decision to appoint conservative law professor and Catholic Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacant Supreme Court post created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, insisted the White House would back her while ‘she was going through the nomination process.

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“We will not defend any attack on Judge Barrett’s faith,” he said.

“Anti-Catholic fanaticism has absolutely no place in the United States of America.”

One of the ironies of Mr. Trump’s comments was that while he claims to know the Catholic faith because he once lived next door to a “beautiful Catholic church,” Democratic candidate Joe Biden comes from a family of Irish-American Catholics.

In his remarks at the dinner, Mr Biden said his faith had helped him when he suffered losses in his life – his first wife, daughter and eldest son.

“I know about myself, my Catholic faith has helped me through the darkness, for I had to bury pieces of my soul in the earth, and finally found a purpose to live a life worthy of those I have lost. “, did he declare.

“And throughout my life and my public service. I have been guided by the principles of Catholic social doctrine… what you do to the smallest of us, you do to me. We have an obligation to each other. We cannot use ourselves at the expense of others. “

For many years, the dinner, which benefits Catholic charities and is often one of the last occasions for presidential candidates to share a stage ahead of the election, saw the candidates laughing at themselves.

In 2008, John McCain joked that he fired his entire campaign team. “All their jobs will now be filled by a man named Joe the Plumber,” he snapped.

In turn, Barack Obama said: “John McCain is on to something. There was a point in my life where I started hanging out with a pretty ugly crowd, I have to be honest. These guys were serious deadbeats; they were low alive; They were good, unrepentant punks. That’s right: I was a member of the United States Senate.

During the 2016 dinner, Mr. Trump showed neither one’s charm, and when he attacked Ms. Clinton he received boos.

“I wasn’t really sure if Hillary was going to be here tonight because, I guess, you didn’t email her an invitation. Or maybe you did, and she just found out thanks to the wonder of WikiLeaks, ”he told me.

“We have learned so much from WikiLeaks. For example, Hillary thinks it’s vital to fool people into having a totally different public policy and a different policy in the private sector.

Mrs. Clinton was also quite sharp.

“Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4 – maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair. “

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