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31 Jan, 2017 23:05

#JumpAgainstTrump: NY priest says meme calling on Trump protesters to kill themselves was a joke

#JumpAgainstTrump: NY priest says meme calling on Trump protesters to kill themselves was a joke

A pro-Trump priest in New York City says he was joking when he shared a meme that showed a man plummeting from a skyscraper along with the slogan “show your hate for Trump”.

Fr. Philip Pizzo, 67, who practices in the Diocese of Brooklyn, posted the #JumpAgainstTrump meme on his personal Facebook page Sunday, said he thought the slogan was “funny” and insisted it was not intended to promote suicide.

I do not promote suicide,’’ said Pizzo to the NY Post. “I’ve helped many people over the years, and it does not promote suicide. It was funny.”

Following a barrage of hate from parishioners and the public, Pizzo posted an apology on Facebook Tuesday, explaining that he regrets posting the “completely inappropriate” meme.

"I apologize for the hurt that I have caused over a Facebook post," he reportedly wrote.

"I never intended it to get this kind of reaction and I regret posting it. I have been a priest for 40 years and my goal has always been to bring Christ to the people. I am pro-life and any reference to suicide is contrary to my beliefs, therefore, making my post completely inappropriate. Again, please accept my sincerest apology."

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Fr. Pizzo has shared similar political sentiments on his Facebook page in the past, reports the AP, including a photo of President Obama with the words “He’s not my president” and a picture of Hillary Clinton titled “Ugly Face” and “Happy Halloween”.

The Diocese of Brooklyn said the post does not reflect the church’s stance and it has been removed.