God don’t like ugly … or Republicans, according to Pete Buttigieg.
The gay South Bend, Indiana, mayor and Democratic wunderkind gave his feelings about what God would do in a voting booth in an interview with Today. And while he didn’t go so far as to say that God is a member of the #PeteFleet, he’s pretty sure you won’t see the deity in a red MAGA hat any time soon.
Buttigieg, who has been extremely outspoken about his faith on the campaign trail, said that he has spoken openly about religion because he doesn’t want it to be “used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party.”
“And if he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House,” he added.
Buttigieg has been highly critical of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of the candidate’s home state of Indiana. “How could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency?” Buttigieg asked at a February CNN town hall. “Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don’t know.”
Pence has not responded directly to Buttigieg’s comments about him, but his wife Karen Pence has taken shots back at Mayor Pete. “I think in our country we need to understand you shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are and I think kids need to learn that at a young age that this is okay what faith people have, we don’t attack them for their faith,” Karen Pence said on a Fox radio show in April. “I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the vice president.”
Buttigieg has also called for the religious left to stand up and support prisoners, immigrants and sex workers. (On that point, Buttigieg has said that, while he does believe in restoring voting rights for people once they leave prison, he does not support allowing prisoners to vote.)