Democratic strategist Maria Cardona condemned her comments, calling it "hypocritical".
"Wow," she told CNN. "If He [God] did [want Trump to be president] it’s because he wanted to punish us for taking our democracy for granted and for not ensuring every person went out there to vote, and this is what we got.
Look, I listened to the whole excerpt of the interview and one huge word jumped out at me: Hypocrisy.
There was so much hypocrisy in what Sarah Sanders talked about and the bottom line is that I can’t imagine that God would put or would want somebody to be the commander-in-chief, the leader of the free world, somebody who doesn’t understand the word truth. The word honesty. The word humility. The word integrity. The word honour. The word forgiveness.
Defending Sanders, Scott Jennings, who served as political director for President Bush's 2000 Kentucky campaign, said:
None of us can know God’s plan and we all try to live up to what the Bible teaches us to do.