Courting Catholic voters.
On Monday evening, Kimberly Guilfoyle, National Chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, is headlining a “Catholics for Trump” virtual event in Pennsylvania.
“She will discuss the current political situation in the Great State of Pennsylvania and explain how Catholic voters can help re-elect President Trump,” according to a Trump campaign link to the event.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party criticized the Trump campaign over its healthcare policies, tax reform, and coronavirus response in a statement about the event.
“No amount of spin will change the fact that Donald Trump has broken his promises to Pennsylvanians and left us behind,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Andres Anzola. “From his attacks on the Affordable Care Act which could rip away protections for people with preexisting conditions from as many as 5.3 million Pennsylvanians, to his tax scam that rewarded the nation’s largest corporations, Trump has focused on his own political interests instead of addressing the needs of working families.”
“Kimberly Guilfoyle is trying to sell a defective product and Pennsylvania families won’t buy it,” Anzola continued.
Catholic voters can potentially play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“Catholics comprise about 23% of the adult population — and according to exit polls in 2016, about 23% of all voters nationally,” according to Gallup. The same Gallup article added that its national tracking samples from a few years ago showed that Catholic have an “above average representation in several key swing states,” including Pennsylvania.
Politico reports that “Catholic voters helped carry Donald Trump into the White House,” in 2016, citing exit polling that showed 52% of Catholic voters backed Trump, while 45% supported Sec. Hillary Clinton. President Barack Obama won a majority of Catholic voters in the two previous presidential elections, 50-to-48 in 2012 over then-Gov. Mitt Romney, and 54-to-45 in 2008 over Sen. John McCain, according to Pew Research.
There was not a Pennsylvania specific breakdown of Catholic voters in this Pew Research polling.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, is doing better among Catholic voters in comparison to the previous Democratic presidential nominee, according to a Pew Research poll from June 2020. 52% of Catholic voters polled said that they intend to vote for Biden, while 47% said they intend to vote for Trump.
The latest polling shows Biden with an overall edge over Trump in the Keystone State. The Real Clear Politics Average shows Biden besting Trump by 7.4 points in Pennsylvania.
This will not be Guilfoyle’s first Pennsylvania related political event.
Guilfoyle spoke at the Pennsylvania Republican Party fall dinner in 2018, alongside boyfriend Donald Trump Jr., who headlined the state party event.
The Biden campaign will also be hosting a virtual event in the state on Tuesday when Dr. Jill Biden, along with Sen. Bob Casey, and President of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Nina Esposito-Vigitis make a virtual campaign stop in Pittsburgh to discuss the safe reopening of Pennsylvania schools.