Buttigieg: Stop using God as if He belongs to a political party, but if He did, hard to imagine it’d be Republican

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Pete Buttigieg no sooner declared that God isn’t affiliated with one particular political party than he noted that the Almighty surely couldn’t be a Republican.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate appeared to cluelessly contradict himself as he spoke about his faith and how it relates to President Donald Trump in an interview Tuesday with NBC News’ Craig Melvin on “Today.”

The openly gay Democrat often referred to as “Mayor Pete,” contended that a person’s faith shouldn’t be used “as a kind of cudgel” or as a political weapon against a rival. He followed the remark by pronouncing that God is essentially a Democrat.

“You also spend a fair amount of time talking about your faith,” Melvin said in the segment he introduced by reporting that the “devout Episcopalian often talks about his faith on the campaign trail despite criticism.”

Buttigieg agreed as the reporter asked, “why.”

“It’s important to me,” the 2020 contender replied. “I think it’s also important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party.”

Buttigieg followed with a glaring contradiction which Melvin let slip without so much as a raised eyebrow.

“If he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president to the White House,” the 37-year-old candidate added.

Melvin offered no clarification or challenge, with the segment jumping to his question on how the Democrat intends to campaign against President Trump.

“You’re going to try to break through the noise with, with some quiet,” he said.

“In a way,” Buttigieg responded. “Let’s call it a very different energy.”

“He’s going to call you low energy,” Melvin warned.

“That’s fine. There is going to be a temptation to kind of play his game. If you play his game, you are losing,” Buttigieg said. “Who is going to play his game better than he does? So we have to do something completely different.”

The incongruous remarks about God from the 2020 hopeful, who has repeatedly blasted Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on religious grounds, was not lost on viewers who called it out on Twitter.

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