- Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who’s running for president, condemned what he called the “hypocrisy” of evangelicals and other Christians who support President Donald Trump.
- Buttigieg, a gay Christian, has questioned Trump’s belief in God, as well as Vice President Mike Pence’s interpretation of Scripture.
- “I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation,” Buttigieg said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who’s running for president, condemned what he called the “hypocrisy” of evangelicals and other Christians who support President Donald Trump during a Sunday interview.
Buttigieg, a gay Episcopalian Christian, has also recently questioned Trump’s belief in God and argued that a man who he had never seen “humble himself before anyone” shouldn’t earn the support of Christians.
“It’s something that really frustrates me, because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg said during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in Scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers, which is another word for immigrants, and making sure that you’re focusing your effort on the poor, but also personally how you’re supposed to conduct yourself,” he said.
Buttigieg called Trump the “diametric opposite” of a devout Christian and argued that Trump gets such strong evangelical support because he would “pretend to be pro-life.”
“Even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation,” Buttigieg said, referring to the $US130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who has said she had an affair with Trump years ago.
In an interview last week with USA Today, Buttigieg said he found it hard to believe that the president believes in God or is a Christian.
“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. I’ve never seen him humble himself before anyone.”
And Buttigieg has repeatedly been critical of Pence, the evangelical former governor of Indiana, arguing that Pence’s “interpretation of Scripture” has more to do with sexuality and “a certain view of rectitude” than “protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person.”
“How could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn-star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don’t know,” Buttigieg said during a CNN town hall in March.
Addressing Pence’s opposition to equal rights for gay people, Buttigieg told an audience of LGBTQ-rights advocates at the Victory Fund Champagne Brunch in Washington, DC, on Sunday that his marriage to his husband, Chasten, moved him “closer to God.”