Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has become increasingly successful in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, defended Thursday his interrogation on President Trump's belief in God, saying he was forced to denounce "the hypocrisy" of the Republican.
Buttigieg, an Episcopalian, reviewed the comments in an interview published Wednesday by USA Today in which he claimed that Trump's behavior was inconsistent with his understanding of the teachings of Christianity.
"I am reluctant to comment on another person's faith, but I would say that it is difficult to look at the actions of this president and to believe that it is the actions of someone." Who believes in God, "said Buttigieg. "I just do not understand how you can be as devout as yourself and be ready to humble yourself before God. I have never seen him humble before anyone. "
When appearing on "Good Morning America" Thursday on ABC, host George Stephanopoulos asked Buttigieg if his comments corresponded to a need for "decency" in politics for which Buttigieg argues in a recently published book.
"I work very hard to make sure that when we oppose this president, we will not imitate him, but we must evoke hypocrisy when we see him," he said. .
Buttigieg, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, then criticized "people who wrapped themselves in the flag and who, obviously, simulated a disability to stop serving" in the military.
This referred to the controversy over whether Trump had received a legitimate diagnosis of bone spur that had led to a medical exemption from the army in 1968 during the Vietnam War.