Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Mario Batali’s latest troubles:
When Pope Francis came to Washington in 2015, he met with Kim
Davis, the brave Kentucky clerk who, on religious liberty grounds, refused a marriage license to homosexual couples. Chef Mario Batali objected to the meeting, calling out the pope. Now Batali is being called out for sexually abusing four women.
He has apologized and has taken a leave of absence from his work, including hosting a segment on “The Chew.” This is not the first time the liberal superstar has been in trouble.
Five years ago, Batali and his partner agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle their cash-skimming schemes at eight high-scale restaurants. They took 4-5 percent of the tips from employees, ripping off the busboys to pay for the sommeliers’ salaries. The money he paid out was shared by 1,100 employees; many were forced to work more than 40 hours a week without making minimum wage. In other words, he stole from the poor and gave to the rich.
Batali condemns the pope, and preys on the poor and women, all the while championing their cause. No matter, he remains a liberal in good standing—there will be no “SNL” skit lampooning him. If anything, look for him to run for office.