Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) is calling former Trump aide Steve Bannon “a Mormon bigot” over his comments attacking former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Herbert called Bannon a “Mormon bigot” in response to Bannon, who said Tuesday night that Romney “hid behind” his Mormon religion to avoid serving in Vietnam.
“This smacks of good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry,” Herbert said on KSL Newsradio, according to the Deseret News. “I think that’s what Steve Bannon has demonstrated with his comment, is just he’s a Mormon bigot.”
Bannon made the comment at a rally for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, criticizing Romney for denouncing Moore, who faces multiple accusations that he sexually assaulted teenage girls. He honed in on the missionary deferment that Romney received during the Vietnam War.
Herbert said that Bannon’s attacks on Romney translate to attacks on the Mormon church, noting that fewer missionaries were sent out during the Vietnam War because the church was “sensitive about the fact that we had a draft and a war going on and wanted to make sure that we did our part.”
“[Bannon] clearly has no idea what it’s like to serve on a two-year LDS mission in a far away land,” he said. “There’s more than one way to in fact go out there and do good things for your fellow man.”
Herbert’s comments echoed those of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who said earlier Wednesday that he “resents” attacks on the Mormon faith and “the selfless service of missionary work.”
Source: The Hill
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