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    Gay US Presidential Candidate Slams Trump's Evangelical Supporters

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    Buttigieg also took a dim view of Vice President Mike Pence’s actions, wondering aloud whether the latter “stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump”.

    Pete Buttigieg, mayor of the city of South Bend in the state of Indiana, who's a gay Episcopalian Christian who seeks the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 US presidential election, has delivered a verbal broadside against Evangelical Christians who support President Donald Trump, labelling their actions as “hypocrisy”.

    During his recent appearance on NBC’s "Meet the Press", Buttigieg described the president as "somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in Scripture or in church…but also personally how you're supposed to conduct yourself".

    "Even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I can't believe that somebody who was caught writing hush-money checks to adult-film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation", he lamented, referring to the allegations brought against Trump by adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

    Buttigieg also previously criticised Vice President Mike Pence on several occasions, calling him a "cheerleader of the porn-star presidency" during a CNN town hall in March, and wondering whether Pence "stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump".

    Many social media users seemed receptive of Buttigieg’s message.

    ​Others, however, appeared less inclined to agree with Buttigieg’s views or his stance on Evangelical Christians.

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