A rising star in the 2020 Democratic presidential field referenced the Bible this weekend to call Evangelical Trump supporters hypocrites.
During an interview Sunday 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. But even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I cannot believe that somebody who was caught writing hush money to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want leading this nation.”
Buttigieg was relatively unknown on a national level until he announced his candidacy back in January.
Since then, he has surged in polling after boasting about being an openly gay mayor married to another man. He has also made a slew of controversial comments.
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.
“I just don’t understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as he is and be prepared to humble yourself before God,” Buttigieg continued. “I’ve never seen him humble himself before anyone. And the exaltation of yourself, especially a self that’s about wealth and power, could not be more at odds with at least my understanding of the teachings of the Christian faith.”
Buttigieg went on to say that Democrats should not be afraid to “invoke arguments that are convincing on why Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction.”
This is who Democratic voters are apparently excited about.
In the past week, Buttigieg referenced the Bible to call Evangelical Trump supporters hypocrites, questioned if the president believes in God, and called the vice president a “cheerleader for the porn-star presidency.”
In most polls, Buttigieg is in third place for 2020 Democratic candidates, with Joe Biden in first place and Sen. Bernie Sanders in second.