God certainly doesn’t subscribe to any one political party, but according to one Democratic presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg, there isn’t “any compatibility” between the teachings of the Bible and President Donald Trump.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, made the comment during a town hall event on CNN Tuesday night.
Fielding a question for a member of the audience who said Republicans believe they “own” Christianity, Buttigieg replied: “It starts with sending the message that God does not belong to a political party.”
“It’s also very important to make clear that the presidency and the Constitution and my presidency will belong to people of every religion and of no religion, equally,” he added. “This is not about imposing my faith on anybody.”
Soon thereafter, CNN moderator Erin Burnett asked Buttigieg, 37, if he thinks it’s “impossible” for someone to be a Christian and support Trump.
Burnett referenced Buttigieg’s Feb. 6 town hall on CNN, when he said, “So much depends on seeking leaders who walk in the way of humility and decency. I just can’t imagine that that requires of you be anywhere near this president or what the Republican Party has become.”
In response to Burnett’s prompt, Buttigieg said he’s “not going to tell other Christians how to be Christian,” but continued, “I will say I cannot find any compatibility between the way this president conducts himself and anything I find in Scripture.”
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Despite making faith a central part of his campaign, the openly-gay Buttigieg has failed to apply those principles to other issues, like abortion, a matter he has claimed on numerous occasions is “unknowable” from a moral standpoint.
And earlier this month, during an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Buttigieg refused to draw any sort of line on abortion — including late-term, partial-birth abortions — while speaking with co-host Meghan McCain.
Rather than answering the moral question, Buttigieg told McCain people “interpret Scripture differently.”