Donald Trump criticised Hillary Clinton for her remarks regarding Catholics, forgetting the time he called the Pope 'disgraceful'.
In an all-caps tweet posted on Friday, the Republican presidential candidate wrote:
The link took followers to a page of Trump's website which compiled quotes from TV pundits and news articles regarding perceived anti-Catholic bigotry in Clinton campaign emails released by WikiLeaks.
In February 2016 however, Trump's official campaign issued a statement that called the head of the Catholic church 'disgraceful'.
The statement was a response to the Holy Father's comments on Trump's immigration policy. Pope Francis questioned Trump's faith, saying:
A person who thinks only about building walls where they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.
In response, Trump questioned the Pope's authority, and called his actions 'disgraceful'.
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President.
No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.
The full statement can be read here.
The choice of the word 'disgraceful' charged the statement with religiosity, seeing as 'Grace' is used among Catholics to mean: 'the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race'.
Whether or not you think the Pope is disgraceful, you can't then chew out the opposition for being anti-Catholic.
Jon Favreau, Barack Obama's speech writer from 2005-2013, was one of many to point out the hypocrisy of Trump criticising Clinton over this.
MIMICKING TRUMP'S ALL-CAPS STYLE, HE TWEETED:
Trump has been losing support among Catholics where Clinton has been gaining ground. The Washington Post reports that Catholics represent the largest increase in support for Clinton compared to Obama in 2012 than any other comparative segmentation.
In August one poll by the Public Religion Research Institute showed only 34 per cent of Catholic voters supported him, far behind the 55 per cent willing to support Clinton.
Catholic support for both Clinton and Trump has fluctuated throughout the election campaign, but a September survey of 1,105 Catholics showed 46 per cent for Clinton, 40 per cent for Trump.
The 'Catholic vote' has been a bellwether for Presidential elections since 1972.