Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay Democratic candidate running for President, suggested in a new interview that God wouldn’t support today’s iteration of the Republican party.
Buttigieg has been open about his Christian faith since first beginning his campaign. While discussing religion, Buttigieg hasn’t been afraid to call out Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana and a politician who has used his religion to justify policy in the past.
While appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Buttigieg spoke about a variety of topics with Craig Melvin.
One of the topics was religion. The Democratic hopeful, whose biggest political role has been mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said he speaks openly about his religion because he doeasn’t want faith to be ‘used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party’.
That’s when Buttigieg made his comment about the Republican party.
He continued: ‘And if he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House.’
‘In politics, you see the good, the bad and the ugly,’ he said. ‘I think it happens for any candidate. It’s not like I enjoy it, but I have a responsibility to keep the focus on what we’re actually trying to do.’
While Trump hasn’t begun actively campaigning for his re-election, beyond commenting on the Democratic candidates, Buttigieg did promise he’d bring a ‘very different energy’.
‘There’s going to be a temptation to kind of play his game. If you’re playing his game, you’re losing,’ he explained. ‘We’ve got to do something completely different.’