President Donald Trump buffooned Pete Buttigieg during an event for evangelical advocates in Florida on Friday, mentioning the previous mayor’s newly found focus on religion after announcing his run for president.
” I see Alfred E. Newman comes out. He’s attempting to pretend he is extremely religious,” Trump said, referring again to Buttigieg as the imaginary character from Mad magazine while stating his belief that God is on his side.
Trump likewise buffooned the former South Bend mayor’s last name, keeping in mind that “no one can pronounce his name, so they call him Mayor Pete.”
” Boot-edge-edge,” Trump continued. “And all of a sudden, he’s become exceptionally spiritual. This happened about 2 weeks earlier.”
” I really do think we have God on our side. I think that … or there would have been no method we could have won, right?” he said.
Buttigieg reacted hours later on Twitter, firmly insisting that “God does not belong to a political celebration”:
God does not belong to a political celebration.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 4, 2020
Trump made his comments hours after Buttigieg slammed Americans for enabling weapon violence in their society, even in churches.
” We are the only industrialized country where the idea of a shootout in a church is even conceivable,” he said “What do you suppose God believes of that?”
Buttigieg was baptized a Catholic but gravitated to the Episcopal church, and after he was elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he married his other half, Chasten, at the Cathedral of St. James Episcopal Church in South Bend.
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He informed CNN he was very first “reluctant” to discuss religion, citing the Bible about Jesus informing his followers not to pray like the “hypocrites” standing in synagogues and street corners.
Since announcing his project for president, nevertheless, Buttigieg has made a point of talking about religion, urging Christians to abandon President Trump and the religious right supporting Republican politicians.
” Christianity to me has to do with humility. It has to do with love,” he stated in an interview in April. “If we wish to put those worths into political practice, a minimum of by my lights, they lead us in an extremely progressive direction.”
Buttigieg began his campaign assaulting Vice President Mike Pence as the “cheerleader of the porn star presidency” and recommended that he abandoned his Christian faith.
” Is it that he stopped thinking in Bible when he began believing in Donald Trump? I don’t understand,” he said in March.
Buttigieg also challenged Trump’s faith on the campaign trail.
” It’s difficult to look at his actions and think that they are the actions of somebody who thinks in God,” he said in April, referring to the president.
Buttigieg also condemned Republicans for utilizing religion as a “cudgel” versus Democrats, mentioning that if God belonged to a political party, he “can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the existing president into the White House.”
In July, Buttigieg refused “so-called conservative Christian” Republican politicians in Congress for opposing a guaranteed national $15 base pay. He has likewise used Bible to argue in favor of inviting more illegal immigrants into the country.
In addition, Buttigieg mentioned Scripture in September to defend his belief in the unfettered right to an abortion, even instantly prior to childbirth.
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