Clin­ton camp adds to ‘de­plorables’

Mocks Catholics, ‘needy Lati­nos,’ South­ern­ers in se­ries of emails

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY BEN WOLF­GANG

Long be­fore Hil­lary Clin­ton called mil­lions of Amer­i­cans a “bas­ket of de­plorables,” her top campaign ad­vis­ers and lib­eral al­lies openly mocked Catholics, South­ern­ers and a host of other groups, ac­cord­ing to newly re­leased emails that of­fer a stun­ning win­dow into the vit­riol in­side the Clin­ton world less than a month be­fore Elec­tion Day.

The emails, pub­lished by Wik­iLeaks af­ter a hack of Clin­ton campaign chair­man John Podesta’s pri­vate ac­count, also show Clin­ton campaign of­fi­cials and Demo­cratic lead­ers dis­parag­ing sup­port­ers of Sen. Bernard San­ders as “self-right­eous” whin­ers, call­ing His­panic party lead­ers such as Bill Richard­son “needy Lati­nos,” la­bel­ing CNN an­chor Jake Tap­per “a d--k” and even lam­bast­ing long­time Clin­ton ally Sid­ney Blu­men­thal.

The sheer num­ber of in­sults in the email trove has left the Clin­ton campaign, along with out­side or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress that were rou­tinely in­volved in the bru­tal bad-mouthing, un­able or un­will­ing to re­spond. In­stead, they have blamed the hack on Rus­sia and have re­fused to even con­firm that the emails are gen­uine, though they also haven’t de­nied their au­then­tic­ity.

The Clin­ton campaign’s big­gest prob­lem may be its as­sault on Catholics. Prom­i­nent Catholic or­ga­ni­za­tions called on Clin­ton campaign spokes­woman Jen­nifer Palmieri to re­sign af­ter the sur­fac­ing of mes­sages show­ing

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Hil­lary Clin­ton’s campaign chair­man, John Podesta, has made dis­parag­ing re­marks about var­i­ous peo­ple and groups as re­vealed in leaked emails. In its only re­sponse, the campaign blames Rus­sians for hack­ing.

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