Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg invoked God on Tuesday in order to bash President Donald Trump and Republicans.
During an interview on NBC’s “Today,” the South Bend, Indiana mayor said he “can’t imagine” that God would be in the political party that elected Trump.
MSNBC host Craig Melvin said, “You also spend a fair amount of time talking about your faith.”
Buttigieg said, “Yes.”
Melvin asked, “Why?”
Buttigieg said, “It’s important to me.”
He added, “I think it’s also important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party. If he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House.”
Buttigieg’s comments on Tuesday came after he said America was never that great.
During a campaign stop in South Carolina on Monday, Buttigieg told his audience that America “was never as great as advertised.”
Buttigieg said that “so many of the solutions are going to come from the communities, like the one where I grew up, which is an industrial Midwest city, which is exactly the kind of city that our current president targeted with a message saying that we can find greatness just by stopping the clock and turning it back and making America great again.”
Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg today in South Carolina: America “was never as great as advertised” pic.twitter.com/VdOxexSIHJ
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Buttigieg has taken countless shots at the Trump administration.
Last month, Buttigieg referenced the Bible to call Evangelical Trump supporters hypocrites.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press,” South Bend, Indiana, Democratic mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg questioned why Evangelicals and Christians support the president.
“It’s something that frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said.
“Here you have somebody that not only acts in a way that’s not consistent with anything I hear in scripture, lifting up those among us, immigrants, focusing your efforts on the poor but personally how you’re supposed to conduct yourself, not look at me-ism but humbling yourself among others. Foot washing is a central image in the new testament,” Buttigieg continued.
He continued, “We see the diametric opposite of that in this presidency. I think there was a cynical process where he decided to, for example, pretend to be pro-life and govern accordingly which was good enough to bring many evangelicals over to his side.”
While speaking to CNN’s Kirsten Powers last month, Buttigieg called Vice President Mike Pence the “cheerleader for the porn-star presidency” and strongly implied that Trump doesn’t believe in God.
“I’m reluctant to comment on another person’s faith, but I would say it is hard to look at this president’s actions and believe that they’re the actions of somebody who believes in God,” Buttigieg said.
This is who Democratic voters are apparently excited about.