Senator Bernie Sanders criticized a White House nominee Wednesday over an article he wrote that appeared to defame the Muslim faith.
During the nomination hearing, the Vermont senator called out Russell Vought, who is up for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, for an article he penned for The Resurgent in January 2016. In it, Vought wrote: “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.”
Vought, who attended Wheaton College, wrote the piece in response to a professor from that institution who said Muslims and Christians worship the same god.
Sanders took umbrage with the article, saying the specific phrase “deficient theology” had “bothered” him, and he asked Vought if he thought that statement was Islamophobic.
Vought responded “absolutely not” and said he was writing to defend his alma mater and his faith.
Sanders then asked if Muslims and Jews around the country stand “condemned.” Before Vought could completely respond, the senator began shouting: “I understand you are a Christian, but this country are made of people who are not just—I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of 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?” Sanders asked, according to a transcript in the National Review.