‘God Does Not Belong to a Political Party’: Pete Buttigieg Says He’s Prepared to Challenge Trump on Religion

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‘God Does Not Belong to a Political Party’: Pete Buttigieg Says He’s Prepared to Challenge Trump on Religion


2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg, in a pre-Iowa caucus debate that covered wide-ranging progressive topics but failed to deliver fireworks, said he was prepared to challenge President Donald Trump on religion.

“If a guy like Donald Trump keeps trying to use religion to somehow recruit Christianity into the GOP, I will be standing there not afraid to talk about a different way to answer the call of faith and insist that God does not belong to a political party,” the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana said.

His comments came during a segment in which he explained how he could stand up to Trump if he secured the Democratic nomination.

“I’m ready to take on Donald Trump because when he gets to the tough talk and the chest-thumping, he’ll have to stand next to an American war veteran and explain how he pretended bone spurs made him ineligible to serve,” the 37-year-old said.

Buttigieg, who is openly gay, has been outspoken about his Christian faith on the national stage since he announced his run for the presidency.

Tuesday’s debate, the last before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus, was held at Drake University in Des Moines. In all, six candidates qualified for the stage, including front-runners Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Buttigieg. Also securing spots were Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar…

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