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Patriots Player Shuts Down Buttigieg's Christmas Message About Jesus Being a 'Refugee'

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg sparked a backlash on Christmas Day when he tweeted that Jesus Christ came into the world “not as a citizen but as a refugee.”

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor wished his followers a “merry Christmas” and said he and millions of others around the world were celebrating the “arrival of divinity on earth.”

Buttigieg also said Jesus Christ “came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee.”

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Some Twitter users responded to Buttigieg’s tweet by pointing out that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because his father and mother had traveled to the city for a census.

“Jesus was not born a refugee,” New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson tweeted. “Read the text. But indeed he was God incarnate born in humble surroundings, in fulfillment of prophecy, on mission to save all mankind. Merry Christmas!”

Mayor Pete needs to go to Sunday School,” conservative commentator Todd Starnes tweeted.

“Joseph and Mary went to their ancestral home in Bethlehem for a census,” The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh tweeted. “In no sense did Jesus ‘come into this world as a refugee.’ There’s also no reason to think that Joseph was particularly impoverished. So nothing about this tweet is correct.”

“And no He wasn’t a refugee in Egypt either,” Walsh added. “Egypt was a Roman territory at the time. The Holy Family was fleeing the persecution of the client king of Judea, not the Roman Emperor.”

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Other commentators suggested that Buttigieg was using a leftist talking point to politicize Christmas.

“Liberals want to exploit your faith to gain power for themselves,” Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter tweeted.

“I’m not a Christian, but this looks an awful lot like someone whose religion is not Christianity, but leftism,” added Daily Wire editor Josh Hammer.

“’Who came into this world not in riches, but in poverty, not as a citizen, but as a refugee,’” tweeted Darrell Scott, CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump and CEO of the Urban Revitalization Coalition. “When did you come up with THAT load of crap? Joseph was NOT a poor man, and Jesus did NOT come into this world as a refugee from heaven. Please stop.”

The Buttigieg campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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