Sanders question to Trump nominee seen as a borderline religious test
Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT, is catching heat over a line of questioning he made during Russell Vought’s Senate Confirmation hearing.
Vought is President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The Vermont senator wanted to know more about an article Vought wrote on the conservative blog The Resurgent.
In it, Vought said, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
During the hearing, Sanders’ probed Vought over whether or not someone with such ideology would be fit to lead a public office.
“Do you believe that statement is Islamaphobic?” asked Sanders referring to the article from The Resurgent.
“Absolutely not Senator. I am a Christian and I believe in Christian set of principles based on my faith,” Vought replied.
“Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned?” Sanders probed. “What about Jews? Do they stand condemned, too?”
“Senator, I am a Christian…”Vought replied.
“I understand you are a Christian,” Sanders went on to say. “But there are other people who have different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”
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