South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is also running for president as a Democratic candidate, believes that Republicans describing themselves as Christians but who act (or support those who act) in hypocritical ways, may soon find that their religious base of support won’t back them up for much longer.
“I really think there has to be a reckoning about this…for the party and the movement known for beating other people on the head with their faith — or their interpretation of their faith,” Buttigieg said in a recent interview, according to reporting from Fox News.
Buttigieg took the GOP to task for contradicting many of Christ’s teachings, including a recent proposal from the Trump administration to cut aid to families receiving food stamps.
“It makes no sense to literally vote to take food away from the hungry, to essentially be practicing the very thing that not just a Christian scriptural tradition but so many others tell us we’re not supposed to do,” Buttigieg added.
Buttigieg, who considers himself a Christian, predicted that the outcome for these contradictory viewpoints would result in the Republican Party facing criticism from one of their largest bases of support.
Churchgoing people are going to hear conservative talking points and wonder “whether that really matches what we’re being told to do” from a Christian perspective, Buttigieg said, “not to mention how we’re supposed to do it.”
This isn’t the first time that the Democratic candidate for president has chastised so-called Christian leaders in the far-right movement. In July of this year, during the second Democratic debate, Buttigieg also took Republicans to task over their views on the minimum wage, which he suggested violated the Bible’s teachings.
“The minimum wage is just too low,” he said at the time. “And so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage when scripture says that, ‘Whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker.'”
Buttigieg also called out conservatives for their “unbelievable” hypocrisy in April when it came to their support for President Donald Trump, Business Insider reported.
“Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in Scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers, which is another word for immigrants, and making sure that you’re focusing your effort on the poor, but also personally how you’re supposed to conduct yourself,” Buttigieg said.