President Donald Trump targeted the media and Democrats during a press conference on Sunday for perceived anti-Catholic bias against his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“I think it’s horrible what they’re doing," Trump said. "They’re playing the religious card, and it’s frankly — they’re talking about Catholics; its a very major religion in our country."
Trump specifically referred to a New York Times op-ed that pushed the idea that critics were justified in questioning Barrett’s Catholic faith. The President then turned to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie - Catholics who have also served as public officials.
“It’s obvious what they’re doing,” Christie said. “She’ll be strong, she’ll be tough, and she’ll stand up for what she believes in.” Giuliani said that the New York Times op-ed “reveals a very strong anti-Catholic bias.” “That’s a horrible thing to say,” Giuliani continued, saying that the article also falsely claimed that Catholics have difficulty separating public and private morality. “I don’t have difficulty separating private and public morality,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani also noted that anti-Catholic arguments were once made against President John F. Kennedy. Trump said he Catholic bishops should come out against any religious attacks on Barrett. “The Catholic Church is very well united on this,” the president said. “They are so thrilled that Amy was chosen.”