“The View” host Joy Behar said on Tuesday that it’s essentially “mental illness” to believe that “Jesus talks to you,” with co-host Sunny Hostin saying that she’s not so sure she wants her “vice president speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”
These comments came during a conversation about Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former “Apprentice” star who briefly became a White House staffer before reportedly being terminated.
Newman made waves this week when she uttered some shocking comments about Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith.
“As bad as y’all think Trump is, you should be worried about Pence,” she said on CBS’ “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition,” a reality TV show she now appears on after her White House stint. “Everybody that’s wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life. We would be begging for days of Trump if Pence became president, that’s all I’m saying. He’s extreme.”
To explain that purported extremity, Newman pointed to Pence’s faith.
“I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Jesus didn’t say that.'”
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Hostin said that she found Newman’s comments interesting. Then, she launched into her own views on the matter.
“I’m Catholic. I’m a faithful person,” she said. “But I don’t know that I want my vice-president … speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”
And Behar took things to another level, invoking mental illness in the discussion about Pence’s purported conversations with Jesus.
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” she said. “That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”
Sherri Shepard jumped in at that point to correct Behar and to explain how — through a Christian lens — conversations and prayers to Jesus actually work.
“As a Christian, that’s just par for the course. You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back,” she said, before adding: “What concerns me is, how long is the conversation with Jesus?”
It should be noted, once again, that these comments are all based on Newman’s proclamation on a reality show, not on a specific Pence quote that the hosts are hammering.