Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he could not see God as being a Republican—especially not the type to vote and support President Trump.
During an interview with NBC News, the South Bend mayor said his faith was important to him but claimed that God should not be used in the political arena to argue for or against certain policies or proposals.
“It’s important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel, as if God belonged to a political party,” Buttigieg told NBC News, via the Washington Examiner.
“And if he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president to the White House,” the Democratic tacked.
According to the Washington Examiner, this is not the first time Buttigieg has claimed God should not be used as a basis to push certain political purposes.
In April, Buttigieg defended himself as an openly gay Christian in saying different people may interpret Biblical scriptures and their implications differently, “but, at the very least, we should be able to establish that God does not have a political party.”
As the Washington Examiner also reports, Buttigieg has questioned President Trump’s Christian faith.
“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 told USA Today in April. “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.”
From the report:
Buttigieg was married to his husband, Chasten, in the Episcopal Church. He said that the way he views religion is through a different lens than some of those on the Right.
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“The Left is rightly committed to a separation of church and state,” Buttigieg said “… but we need to not be afraid to invoke arguments that are convincing on why Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction.”
He condemned right-wing Christians for “saying so much about what Christ said so little about, and so little about what he said so much about.”
The mayor said one of his favorite verses from the Bible is Matthew 6:5, in which Jesus says: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.”
Buttigieg also questioned the faith of Vice President Mike Pence, who he previously worked alongside as Pence was the governor of Indiana.
“I thought, well, at least he believes in our institutions, and he’s not personally corrupt,” Buttigieg said. “But then, how could he get on board with this presidency?”
Buttigieg has seen a surge in some polls but still remains behind frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.