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.
“God has no political party. Also God is a Democrat.” https://t.co/0EVxZ9mWgk
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 7, 2019
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.”
Mayor @PeteButtigieg to @craigmelvin on President Trump: “I have a very different energy than this president. There’s going to be a temptation to try to play his game. If you’re playing his game, you’re losing.”
— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) May 7, 2019
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.
It’s weird, when Pete Buttigieg starts talking about God, God starts to sound a lot like Pete Buttigieg.
— Ray Bonilla (@El_Ray_Bonilla) May 7, 2019
Invoking god for me. Just not for thee..
— Its your (@picture_poet) May 7, 2019
God has no political party but he definitely has a position on many (not all) issues.
Parties choose which issues they support and therefore choose whether or not they are anti-God or not.
Parties which boo God & pull Him out of that platform are clearly not it.
— Uneasy Civilian (@HercFamily5) May 7, 2019
Buttigieg has either never read the Old Testament or lacks imagination.
— David Pecchia (@dpecchia) May 7, 2019
Lincoln covered this. I paraphrase but he said people claiming God is on their side need to be concerned if they are on God’s side
— Steve (@steve2838) May 7, 2019
The constant moral preening from @PeteButtigieg is a bit much. Quit lecturing everyone about what they think of God while at the same time telling everyone what YOU think of God. Your beliefs don’t trump everyone else’s. Your elitist attitude sucks.
— JenniferW (@JenWoodruff79) May 7, 2019
Yeah, ummm…. Jesus wouldn’t be part of the party who votes for infanticide and murder in the womb. So……
— Adorable Deplorable (@adorbldeplorabl) May 7, 2019
Nothing like contradicting one’s self. The ONLY reason this dingaling is getting any attention has NOTHING to do with any insight into what this country needs.
— Mark Blume (@mnhusker1962) May 7, 2019
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