Buttigieg attends faith-based demonstration against Trump in front of White House

Buttigieg attends faith-based demonstration against Trump in front of White House
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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegLiberal author Matt Stoller: Iowa caucus screw-up was 'Boeing 737 Max of the Democratic Party' Biden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll MORE on Wednesday attended a faith-based demonstration against President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE in front of the White House. 

The Rev. William Barber II, who led the protest, said it was aimed at bringing "a prophetic indictment and a moral impeachment against the Trump administration." 

Buttigieg, an Episcopalian, did not march with the crowd but met demonstrators at Lafayette Park, which is across the street from the White House, before the Secret Service moved the group to nearby sidewalks. 

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Various faith leaders delivered speeches condemning Trump's policies on health care and immigration, saying they were harmful to immigrants and the poor. 

Buttigieg listened to the speeches for roughly half an hour before leaving without taking questions from reporters. 

Faith has become a primary component of the South Bend mayor's campaign message, and he has used it to criticize the Trump administration's policies. 

Buttigieg, who is openly gay, has slammed Vice President Pence repeatedly over his anti-LGBT stances. 

“The vice president is entitled to his religious beliefs," Buttigieg said in April. "My problem is when those religious beliefs are used as an excuse to harm other people.” 

He also said last month that he "can't imagine" that God sent Trump to the White House. 

“I think it’s also important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel, as if God belonged to a political party,” he told NBC's "Today." "And if he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House." 

— Jonathan Easley contributed to this report.