2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said in an interview that aired on Tuesday he “couldn’t imagine” that God would be a Republican.
He has throughout his campaign said that God does not have a political affiliation and that Democrats should embrace religion.
However, in the interview, Buttigieg said that if God did have a political affiliation it “wouldn’t be the one that sent the current president to the White House.”
He also followed up that comment by adding “What we see [in the White House] is so different than what I hear in scripture when I am in church.”
Buttigieg is attempting to become the first-ever gay president and has been incorporating faith into his campaign.
“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,” he said during an April interview.
Buttigieg has frequently criticized President Trump and Vice President Pence for their religious beliefs in the past, especially with their views on LGBT people.
The mayor said Trump was the “diametric opposite” of a devout Christian last month.
Many anti-LGBT protestors have interrupted Buttigieg events, including one in Dallas last week where four different protestors shouted at him.
When asked about the protestors, he responded: “The condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa Caucuses are up to [the voters].”