On Christmas morning, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wished everyone a Merry Christmas in a politically loaded tweet. With over 9,000 comments, it was the gift that kept on giving.
The South Bend mayor said that he joined “millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty..”
It was his next characterization of Jesus that brought on an avalanche of scorn and mockery, “…not as a citizen but as a refugee.”
Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee.
No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 25, 2019
He was schooled on history and geography since Mary and Joseph actually traveled to their hometown as required by the Roman government for a census.
Pretty sure that Nazareth and Bethlehem were and are still in the same country. Would be like a refugee from Peoria ending up in Rockford for the census.
— John Powers (@wapella) December 25, 2019
Dipstick: Jesus was NOT a "refugee." He was a victim of big gubment taxation policies that forced a pregnant woman to travel 90 mi. to make sure her family paid their taxes.
This is EXACTLY what you wish to impose, sporksnorkle.
— Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) December 25, 2019
History isn’t Democrats’ strong-suit.
— Joey 🇺🇸 (@JoJo_C11) December 25, 2019
Christians and non-Christians alike took issue with what they see as Buttigieg’s hypocritical use of religion for his campaign platform, including Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter and the Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer.
Liberals want to exploit your faith to gain power for themselves https://t.co/hML0kJ074d
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 25, 2019
I’m not a Christian, but this looks an awful lot like someone whose religion is not Christianity, but leftism. https://t.co/H7fZSAOAIh
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) December 25, 2019
Christian chiming in.
Pete Buttigieg, like the vast majority of leftists who espouse the Bible, is always stuck trying to justify anti-Biblical perspectives by twisting the story and words of the Messiah.
I like to think of people like Pete as "willfully confused."
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) December 26, 2019
“We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.” Fixed it for you. Please stop using Jesus for your platform when you don’t use him in your daily practice.
— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) December 26, 2019
And, of course, no one has forgotten Mayor Pete’s biblical cherry-picking to defend abortion up until the first breath.
He also came to the world as a blastocyst… tell me, Mayor Pete:
was Jesus still divine while in the womb?
Or was it only after His first breath?
Asking for a friend.
— Sarah St. Onge ن ♀began life as an unwanted embryo (@She_Brings_Joy) December 26, 2019
While it may seem risky for Buttigieg to incorporate his religious views into his campaign, it is likely that this appeals to more moderate, ‘boomer’ Democrats. He has gained ground in recent months, and some are making the case for why he could be the Democratic candidate to defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election.