The Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney called Pope Francis a communist on Sunday, a day after he met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican. Tenney, R-New Hartford, tweeted a response to a photo of Pope Francis shaking hands with Pelosi in a private audience at the Vatican. “Just two communists,” Tenney wrote.
When a Twitter user responded to Tenney’s tweet and called her an “anti-Catholic congressperson,” she replied, “Lol. I love Pope John Paul II. A kind and truly holy person. He didn’t slap the hands of followers.”
Tenney, a staunch supporter of former president Donald Trump, has attracted national attention in the past for her provocative comments and tweets. In February 2018 she commented on a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Fla., saying “so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.”
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