Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed President Donald Trump’s pick for deputy White House budget director during a Senate hearing Wednesday over the nominee’s religious beliefs, The Daily Caller reports.
Sanders quoted a January 2016 post by Vought at The Resurgent, in which he described Islam as a “deficient theology” and said Muslims “stand condemned” because of their rejection of Jesus Christ.
“It is hateful. It is Islamophobic. And it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world,” Sanders said.
Vought, unperturbed, stood by what he wrote and told lawmakers: “I’m a Christian and I believe in a Christian set of principles.”
Vought also said that he was not trying to take an anti-Islamic position by was only defending his alma matter Wheaton, which is a Christian school.
But Sanders did not find his answer acceptable and even shouted at him, “I understand you are a Christian… but there are other people who have different religions in this country and around the world.”