DEBATE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Religion, Governance and Immigration

On June 27, 2019, the second night of the first 2020 democratic debates, Buttigieg responded to a question about immigration by saying:

“We’ve got to talk about one other thing, because the Republican Party likes to cloak itself in the language of religion. Now, our party doesn’t talk about that as much, largely for a very good reason, which was, we are committed to the separation of church and state and we stand for people of any religion and people of no religion. But we should call out hypocrisy when we see it. And for a party that associates itself with Christianity, to say that it is OK to suggest that God would smile on the division of families at the hands of federal agents, that God would condone putting children in cages has lost all claim to ever use religious language again.”