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How Catholics Swung the Electoral College to Donald Trump: Part 2 of 3

Part 2: The Issues 

Yesterday, in Part 1 of this series, I covered the strategy that was developed to swing the Catholic vote against Hillary Clinton. Today, I will cover the issues that were key to making the strategy work. 

Religious freedomThe Religion News Service on October 3 reported poll results of likely Catholic voters. In a one-on-one match-up, Hillary Clinton led that poll with 46% of the Catholic vote. Donald Trump was close behind with 40%. 

Catholic lay leaders opposed to Hillary Clinton were undeterred by those numbers – if anything they told us this election was winnable. It was close enough to be turned around overnight.  

The key to shifting the Catholic vote against Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump was to reach individual Catholics, and Catholic women in particular, with specific information and facts the media refused to report. 

Here are just a few examples of the facts we thought could turn the election, if Catholic voters got them: 

Speaking before the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Hillary Clinton issued a warning to Christians that remains mostly unreported by the mainstream media: 

". . .deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed." 

In other words, if Hillary Clinton becomes President, expect  investigation, penalization, and even the criminalization of our Catholic beliefs and values to be made official government policy. 

And during the third debate, while the media wanted to make a big deal out of Donald Trump’s use of the term “bad hombres” and his refusal to say in advance that he would accept the outcome of the election, the most dangerous statement of the evening as far as Catholics were concerned was uttered not by the voluble Mr. Trump, but by a cold and calculating Hillary Clinton. 

In the very first segment of the debate Mrs. Clinton framed her vision of America, and particularly the role of the Supreme Court as one of deciding, “What kind of rights will Americans have?” 

Mrs. Clinton framed those rights to be protected and expanded as “women's rights” the “right” to an abortion and “the rights of the LGBT community,” none of which are enumerated in the Constitution, but have been established by judicial fiat. 

The rights Mrs. Clinton said she wished to curtail, such as religious liberty, are all enumerated in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. 

And that one short statement posed as a question, “What kind of rights will Americans have?” summed-up for many conservative Catholics what was at stake in the 2016 election. 

In a Hillary Clinton administration, God, the Bible and the First Amendment would be replaced with government-approved "values" like diversity, political correctness, normalizing homosexual marriage and dictating how, when and where Americans could openly practice their faith. 

The evidence to make that case was plentiful. 

The Clinton emails made public by WikiLeaks revealed how Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta created front groups specifically to undercut Catholic bishops and subvert the Church's authority. 

A Clinton presidency would declare war on the Christian faith and Hillary Clinton was easily the most pro-abortion candidate ever to run for President. 

Clinton said that she wanted to eliminate the Hyde amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars being used for abortions. 

Hillary Clinton was such an extreme advocate for abortion that she refused to entertain the idea of late-term restrictions. 

In 2003, Hillary Clinton voted with 32 other Senators against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which prohibited doctors from knowingly performing an "intact dilation and extraction" which involves causing a breach birth and then extracting the infant's brain and collapsing its skull. 

These were facts Catholic voters - especially Catholic women - needed to know, but the liberal media wasn't about to report even a fraction of Mrs. Clinton's record on issues that matter to Americans of faith, and especially Catholics. 

As the unofficial “Catholic Caucus” had decided early on, if Catholic voters were going to learn about Hillary Clinton’s record on the issues it was going to have to come through the new and alternative media. 

Tomorrow: The Results of the Campaign to Reach Catholic Voters and Swing the Electoral College to Donald Trump

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