Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he will oppose oppose Russell Vought, President Trump’s deputy White House budget director pick over his writings last year that says Muslims “stand condemned” because they have rejected Jesus Christ.
Sanders says that Vought should not be confirmed because his comments were “Islamaphobic,” and that he “is not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about.”
Vought defended Wheaton College’s decision to fire a professor who said that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.”
“Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology,” Vought wrote in an article for The Resurgent. “They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
Sanders called Vought’s comments “indefensible,” adding, “It is hateful. It is Islamaphobic. And it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world.”
Vought responded by saying “I’m a Christian and I believe in a Christian set of principles.”
“I specifically wrote it with the intention of conveying my viewpoint in a respectful manner that avoided inflammatory rhetoric,” Vought continued.
A committee vote has not yet been scheduled.