(Liberty Bell) – During an event with some of his many ardent evangelical supporters, President Donald Trump very rightly mocked 2020 Democratic candidate, Pete Buttigieg, for putting on a seemingly false air of religious spirit since he decided to run for president.
He also took the opportunity to quip yet again that the 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, resembled Alfred E. Newman, the cover character from Mad Magazine.
“I see Alfred E. Newman comes out. He’s trying to pretend he is very religious,” Trump said.
POTUS also poked fun at Buttigieg’s unpronounceable last name, saying “nobody can pronounce his name, so they call him Mayor Pete.”
“Boot-edge-edge,” Trump continued. “And all of a sudden, he’s become extremely religious. This happened about two weeks ago.”
“I really do believe we have God on our side. I believe that … or there would have been no way we could have won, right?” he said.
Hours later, the triggered Buttigieg responded on Twitter, defensively insisting that “God does not belong to a political party”:
God does not belong to a political party.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 4, 2020
Trump’s comments were beyond appropriate considering Buttigieg politicized the church shooting in West Settlement, Texas last weekend to push for gun control, in spite of the fact that a lawfully armed parishioner was able to take out the shooter.
“We are the only developed country where the idea of a shootout in a church is even conceivable,” he said. “What do you suppose God thinks of that?”
I don’t know, former Mayor Pete, what did God think of the Israelites killing their enemies by the tens upon tens of thousands all throughout the Old Testament, very often at God’s behest?
Breitbart notes that:
Buttigieg was baptized a Catholic but gravitated to the Episcopal church, and after he was elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he married his husband, Chasten, at the Cathedral of St. James Episcopal Church in South Bend.
He told CNN he was first “reluctant” to talk about religion, citing the Bible about Jesus telling his followers not to pray like the “hypocrites” standing in synagogues and street corners.
Since announcing his campaign for president, however, Buttigieg has made a point of talking about religion, urging Christians to abandon President Trump and the religious right supporting Republicans.
“Christianity to me is about humility. It’s about love,” he said in an interview in April. “If we want to put those values into political practice, at least by my lights, they lead us in a very progressive direction.”
Buttigieg began his campaign attacking Vice President Mike Pence as the “cheerleader of the porn star presidency” and suggested that he abandoned his Christian faith.
“Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don’t know,” he said in March.
Buttigieg also challenged Trump’s faith on the campaign trail.
“It’s hard to look at his actions and believe that they are the actions of somebody who believes in God,” he said in April, referring to the president.
Buttigieg also condemned Republicans for using religion as a “cudgel” against Democrats, stating that if God belonged to a political party, he “can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House.”
In July, Buttigieg scorned “so-called conservative Christian” Republicans in Congress for opposing a guaranteed national $15 minimum wage. He has also used Scripture to argue in favor of welcoming more illegal immigrants into the country.
Furthermore, Buttigieg cited Scripture in September to defend his belief in the unfettered right to an abortion, even immediately before childbirth.