At a Friday rally at a Miami megachurch, President Trump accused 2020Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg of faking his religiosity.
Speaking from the pulpit of Ministerio Internacional El Rey Jesús, Trump said Buttigieg was “trying to pretend he’s very religious” and suggested he only recently started acting religious to gain votes.
“All of a sudden, he’s become very religious… this happened about two weeks ago,” Trump said.
Trump, who anyone can see is unashamedly unreligious, has been co-opted by evangelicals as a leader sent from God. In numerous settings, such as the time he bowed his head in prayer as various evangelical leaders laid hands upon him in the Oval Office, Trump has acted as though he’s a man of deep faith.
Upon hearing Trump’s comments, Buttigieg fired back.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve been a believer longer than he’s been a Republican,” he said.
The apparent hypocrisy of Trump’s attack on Buttigieg’s faith bonafides wasn’t lost on many:
Projection is the most primitive of defense mechanisms. Its the tool requiring the least ego sophistication.
Trump is the King of projection.
— stephen (@stebeven) January 4, 2020
As usual, @realDonaldTrump is projecting. He is the fake Christian.
— John Rikala (@JohnRikala) January 4, 2020
Whatever he accuses someone of is usually what he is doing.
— Don’t Go There #ScienceBased (@bigal953) January 4, 2020
Good for Buttigieg. Isn’t Trump just about the last person who should be judging the sincerity of anyone else’s religious faith? https://t.co/X3neGxQhCl
— Chris DiLapi (@cmdilapi) January 4, 2020
The only religion Trump believes in is one that holds him as their supreme leader. pic.twitter.com/03QqVAX5Nn
— Debbie Russell #DemCast (@eyeofthegoddess) January 4, 2020
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