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Mayor Pete Buttigieg Questions Trump's Faith in God

Thursday Apr 4, 2019

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke out against President Donald Trump this week, questioning his faith in God.

Speaking with USA Today, the openly gay politician said he finds it difficult to look at Trump's actions and accept that he believes in God.

"I'm reluctant to comment on another person's faith," Buttigieg said. "But I would say it is hard to look at this president's actions and believe that they're the actions of somebody who believes in God.

"I just don't understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as he is and be prepared to humble yourself before God," he added. "I've never seen him humble himself before anyone. And the exaltation of yourself, especially a self that's about wealth and power, could not be more at odds with at least my understanding of the teachings of the Christian faith."

Buttigieg, 37, married his husband Chasten in the Episcopal Church he attends.

This isn't the first time he's taken issue with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence regarding faith.

"The idea that God wants somebody like Mike Pence to be the cheerleader for a president largely known for his association with hush money to adult-film actresses seems to me to give God very little credit," Buttigieg told Father Edward Beck, a Roman Catholic priest and commentator for CNN.

The mayor has also been critical of Pence for signing Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law back in 2015. Critics say the measure allows businesses in the state to openly discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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