• Justin Haggerty | The Daily Knight

The Catholic Battleground States: How Catholics will reelect President Trump in 2020

Justin Haggerty | The Daily Knight

Whether its improving manufacturing in the "rust belt," expanding economic opportunities for immigrants and minorities, lowing healthcare costs, reducing taxes and regulations for workers and businesses, growing American energy independence, making American trade stronger and more competitive against China, restoring law and order in urban and suburban communities, ending foreign wars and international reliance on an American military "police force," holding partners accountable in trade agreements, nominating good constitutional judges to federal courts, or fighting COVID-19, the Catholic vote stands as the unifying dynamic that will influence the results in battleground states for the 2020 presidential election.

Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota all carry a significant Catholic vote that will be a variable in reelecting President Trump to a second term in office.

The Biden/Harris Campaign also recognizes this factor, but originally felt that Democrats could rely on the self-proclaimed "Catholic" identity of Vice President Joe Biden to earn the votes of faithful Catholics. In recent weeks, the campaign has attempted to distance itself from socialist ideas and policies, retract statements that Biden and Harris have made publicly, and dismiss the violent and anti-Catholic rhetoric of Antifa and BLM.

In the other camp, Republicans have made a strong push to target and earn the trust of Catholic voters in the battleground states. Let me first present the big moves that the Trump/Pence Campaign and the RNC have made from the national level, and then analyze the current status in the battleground states and how we project each state will vote on November 3rd.

What sparked the Trump Campaign's shift toward Catholic voters?

After a summer of violence in our cities, the American people saw different narratives on the marxist agitators in Antifa and BLM. If you watched the mainstream media, the coverage focused on police brutality and you were informed that protests were primarily peaceful around the country. If you watched Fox News and other right-leaning media, you saw violence against police officers, private property, local businesses, public monuments, and government property.

Interactive Map of Attacks on Catholics (Complicit Clergy)

If you were Catholic, you heard hateful rhetoric from Antifa and BLM leaders and you saw Churches being vandalized and burned, statues of Saints and other Catholics being torn down, and statues and murals of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary being defaced and destroyed. Complicit Clergy published an interactive map that catalogued the attacks on Churches and religious sites.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were slammed by Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory for paying their respects and praying at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in D.C. Making it publicly clear that the two were unwelcome, the Archbishop stated that he found it "baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles."

Archbishop Gregory's attempt to link the President to police brutality and systemic racism, only to be rebuked by Former Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, as a 'false shepherd.'

This event is what started the Trump Campaign's shift toward the Catholic vote, appealing to different issues and points of tension within the Catholic community, which adheres to traditional Church teachings.

President Trump's embrace of Archbishop Vigano

The counter by Archbishop Vigano came only four days before mailing a personal letter to President Trump where he addressed the president's fight against the "Invisible Enemy," the "children of darkness," and the Masonic adage to "Solve et Coagula." The Archbishop articulated that, "I believe that the attack to which you were subjected after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction."

Three days later, the Archbishop reentered the news with an earthshattering letter on June 9th, where His Excellency joined Bishop Athanasius Schneider in condemning Pope Francis' ecumenical and heretical Abu Dhabi Declaration, the "spirit" of the Second Vatican Council, and the Church's and Conciliar Popes' embrace of the world over Church teachings.

Choosing to honor the Archbishop with a tweet the following day, President Trump illustrated that he had a good understanding of the battles being raged within the Catholic Church. Archbishop Vigano had been in hiding for two years out of fear for his life after exposing the monetary and sexual abuse coverups from ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and other prelates stretching to Pope Francis.

For several years, many faithful Catholics have been on the frontline following the battle against or supporting the fight against modernism within the Church and President Trump's tweet was a salute to that fight. Archbishop Vigano, in his correspondence with the president, made it clear that the fight within the Church and the political fight in the secular world engages the same "Invisible Enemy."

On July 8th, Archbishop Vigano responded with support for a Rosary Crusade and drafted a prayer to reelect President Trump and to end social, political, and racial turmoil in the United States.

"Almighty and Eternal God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords: graciously turn your gaze to us who invoke You with confidence. Bless us, citizens of the United States of America; grant peace and prosperity to our Nation; illuminate those who govern us so that they may commit themselves to the common good, in respect for Your holy Law. Protect those who, defending the inviolable principles of the Natural Law and Your Commandments, must face the repeated assaults of the Enemy of the human race. Keep in the hearts of Your children courage for the truth, love for virtue and perseverance in the midst of trials. Make our families grow in the example that Our Lord has given us, together with His Most Holy Mother and Saint Joseph in the home of Nazareth; give to our fathers and mothers the gift of Strength, to educate wisely the children with which you have blessed them. Give courage to those who, in spiritual combat, fight the good fight as soldiers of Christ against the furious forces of the children of darkness. Keep each one of us, O Lord, in your Most Sacred Heart, and above all him whom Your Providence has placed at the head of our Nation. Bless the President of the United States of America, so that aware of his responsibility and his duties, he may be a knight of justice, a defender of the oppressed, a firm bulwark against Your enemies, and a proud supporter of the children of light. Place the United States of America and the whole world under the mantle of the Queen of Victories, our Unconquered Leader in battle, the Immaculate Conception. It is thanks to her, and through your Mercy, that the hymn of praise rises to you, O Lord, from the children whom you have redeemed in the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ."

On August 10th, Archbishop Vigano published a new letter where His Excellency expanded and clarified his charges, denouncing the Second Vatican Council as a "subversive event," a "Trojan Horse introduced into the Sacred Citadel," and a "devious and cowardly betrayal operated from within the Church herself, as Saint Pius X had already predicted and condemned in the Pascendi encyclical, indicating the modernists as the most harmful enemies of the Church." The Archbishop concluded the letter with, "Let’s not forget that Dante places the fraudulent in the Ninth Circle of Hell."

President Trump salutes Dr. Taylor Marshall; then hires him to the Campaign

Another major salute to the traditional Catholic movement and its battle with modernism was President Trump's tweet on July 2nd, where he named Dr. Taylor Marshall and acknowledging the fact that 'There Is A War on Christianity.'

Dr. Taylor Marshall is well known for his book "Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within" and YouTube channel, where he provides good and traditional catechesis, analyses Church teachings, provides and discusses Church news and events, and uncovers issues of scandal and material heresy within the clergy and faithful. As a advocate for the Traditional Latin Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass, Dr. Marshall has become a major voice within the traditional movement.

For those who are among the 262,000 subscribers on Youtube, President Trump's tweet was another shocking realization, after the correspondence with Archbishop Vigano, that the president is aware and familiar with the struggles within Catholicism. The positions of traditional Catholics against an ever increasing modernist and material heretical Catholic Church, are becoming well-known and mainstream.

President Trump has always had a great ability to understand people, especially the "forgotten men and women" of middle America. This occurrence was another perfect example of that.

On July 24th, the Trump Campaign announced that Dr. Taylor Marshall was added to the advisory board for Catholics For Trump, in an effort to help the campaign better understand the interests of the Catholic faithful. Dr. Marshall explains his decision to join the campaign in this Facebook video. It has since been removed from YouTube.

Dr. Marshall has since been a staunch critic of the anti-Catholic Biden/Harris ticket, focusing several videos on the 'silent majority' and the underrating of President Trump in the state and national polls, Democrats attempts to enable and allow voter fraud, and Catholic clergy's labeling of Vice President Joe Biden as "catholic in name only."

2020 Republican National Convention's appeal to Catholic Voters

The Trump Campaign and the RNC executed a detailed plan to roll out a list of speakers that would strongly appeal to the Catholic voter in the midwest and other battleground states like Florida and Arizona.

Maximo Alvarez, the Catholic and Cuban immigrant who spoke on Day 1, illustrated a surreal scenario on how Cubans never imagined the United States degrading into a communist and socialist country like Cuba, the home country that so many fled from in fear. Mr. Alvarez explained how Fidel Castro, like Joe Biden and so many Democrats, was a self-proclaimed Catholic and a closet marxist.

Nick Sandmann (RNC)

Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School teenager who was smeared by the mainstream media and won a $250 million settlement with The Washington Post for unjustly portraying him as a MAGA Hat wearing-white supremacist, spoke from the Lincoln Memorial on the second evening during the RNC. Sandmann criticized the hateful and biased rhetoric of the mainstream media, correctly identifying that their platforms have become tools for the Democrats to fabricate news stories and narratives to fuel racial, religious, social, and political turmoil.

Sr. Deirdre Byrne (RNC)

Possibly the most popular speaker on Day 2 was Sister Deirdre Byrne, Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts and a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Sr. Byrne was unapologetically pro-life, touting that "Life begins at conception...while what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I'm saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro-eternal life...I want all of us to end up in heaven someday." For many of us, it had been a long time since we saw a nun in habit on television, especially one that wielded the Holy Rosary as her weapon. In closing, Sr. Byrne denounced the Biden/Harris campaign for supporting abortion and infanticide, and assured the President "that we are all praying for you."

Lou Holtz (RNC)

In a big appeal to the Catholic faithful in the midwest and University of Notre Dame football fans nationwide, Lou Holtz spoke after Sr. Deirdre Byrne, stating that "it is a pleasure, a blessing and an honor for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be reelected as our president." The Hall of Fame head coach of the Fighting Irish advocated for President Trump for being a "consistent winner," "an outstanding leader," and as someone who you can trust, because "he means what he says...and he’s done what he said he would do at every single turn." Holtz also addressed President Trump's pro-life beliefs, his dedication to doing his very best, and his love for other people as exemplified in prison, school choice, and welfare reform. In his final statement, Coach Holtz mentioned that "I used to ask our athletes at Notre Dame, if you did not show up, who would miss you and why? ...Can you imagine what would happen to us if President Trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? ...I’m so glad he showed up."

Christopher Macchio singing Ave Maria (RNC)

Lastly, and perhaps the most subtle and yet greatest Catholic appeal during the RNC, came at the conclusion of President Donald Trump's acceptance speech of the Republican Nomination on the lawn of the White House. After finishing his speech, the celebration abrupted with fireworks across the National Mall. A symphony emerged on the balcony of the White House and, accompanied with the opera singer Christopher Macchio, played the Ave Maria rendition that was composed by Franz Schubert in 1825 after the Catholic prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing for Supreme Court (WJTI)

President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 7th District Court of Appeals, to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court, was definitely the final act to influence the Catholic vote before the 2020 presidential election. Valedictorian of Notre Dame Law, former professor at the University of Notre Dame, clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, revered constitutional originalist, professional woman in a disciplined dominated by men, faithful Catholic, good and lovey wife, and mother of seven (with two adopted), Judge Barrett presents very little to attack and much for middle-America, especially Catholics, to support.

Democrats, in their disrespectful and anti-Catholic conduct against Judge Barrett during her 2017 confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate for the federal appellate court, sealed the fate that the Trump administration would lean her way for the nomination. It gave Republicans and the Trump Campaign the opportunity to allow American voters to relive the bigoted treatment exemplified by and the several comments made by senate Democrats concerning the Catholic faith of Judge Barrett.

In 2017, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), was concerned that Judge Barrett's Christian beliefs and "dogma lives loudly within [her]" and that it would impact her merit and ability to judge impartially. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a self-proclaimed Catholic, also questioned Judge Barrett if she was a "orthodox Catholic," insinuating that she would be unable to separate her beliefs from constitutional judicial review.

In a similar confirmation hearing, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) criticized Judge Brian Buescher for his membership in the Knights of Columbus. The two Democrat senators questioned the Knights of Columbus for their "number of extreme positions" in opposition to a "woman's right to choose" and the mainstream media described the organization as "a fraternal organization with a long record of opposing equal protection of the law for LGBT people."

Sen. Hawley (R-MO) defending Judge Amy Coney Barrett (The Blaze)

During the recent confirmation hearings for her nomination to the Supreme Court, this rhetoric was represented to the American people just weeks before the general election. President Trump and Vice President Pence made an effort to address the situation at every campaign rally and television appearance. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), joined with several of his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, made an eloquent defense of Judge Barrett's faith and professional merit, stating "When you tell somebody that they're too Catholic to be on the bench, when you tell them they're going to be a Catholic judge, not an American judge, that's bigotry...the pattern and practice of bigotry from members of this committee must be stopped, and I would expect that it be renounced."

Hiding behind the self-proclaimed Catholicism of Vice President Joe Biden, senate Democrats didn't take the bate during the confirmation hearings, ignoring past comments against Catholicism and using their allotted times to not discuss the merits of Judge Barrett but to address the election, COVID-19, and Roe v. Wade.

Catholic Clergy denounce Joe Biden - catholic in name only

Cardinal Raymond Burke

Since August, a large number of Catholic clergy have publicly called for the faithful to vote their conscience according to Catholic virtues, to support pro-life candidates, and to reject Vice President Joe Biden, who is catholic in name only.

In 2019, after Vice President Biden was refused Holy Communion by a Catholic priest in South Carolina, Cardinal Raymond Burke, Former Prefect of the Church's Highest Court, aided support to the young priest and stated "Joe Biden is not a Catholic in good standing and he should not approach to receive Holy Communion.”