The Pope’s gay friend insists the Kim Davis meeting was a set-up

Yayo Grassi poses for a photograph in home Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Washington. The pope’s meeting with Grassi came to light Friday as the Vatican was distancing itself claims that the pope's meeting with Kim Davis was an endorsement of her stand on same-sex marriage.

Yayo Grassi poses for a photograph in home Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Washington. The pope’s meeting with Grassi came to light Friday as the Vatican was distancing itself claims that the pope's meeting with Kim Davis was an endorsement of her stand on same-sex marriage. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Yayo Grassi poses for a photograph in home Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Washington. The pope's meeting with Grassi came to light Friday as the Vatican was distancing itself claims that the pope's meeting with Kim Davis was an endorsement of her stand on same-sex marriage. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Yayo Grassi poses for a photograph in home Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Washington. The pope’s meeting with Grassi came to light Friday as the Vatican was distancing itself claims that the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis was an endorsement of her stand on same-sex marriage.

Yayo Grassi, the gay former student of Pope Francis‘ that met with him last week, claims the meeting between Francis and Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was a set-up.

Speaking with Washington post reporter EJ Dionne on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, he insists The Pope knew the man at his side was his boyfriend.

“Oh absolutely, yes yes,” Grassi says. “In the video, that segment you just showed, when I introduced him to my boyfriend he said, ‘oh yes, of course, I remember you. We met in San Pietro.”

Asked about his feelings about the meeting with Kim Davis, Grassi noted, “He basically was set up for this meeting with Mrs. Davis. I think that he was extremely surprised. I was very surprised and very suspicious from the very beginning that this was not something that came naturally from the Pope as an invitation. When things started to come out was when I realized… I think that I know who was behind this. And I honestly wouldn’t have said anything had it not been that the Vatican press office released that statement and somehow, the press got a hold of me.”

Watch the segment here.

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