Vice President Mike Pence hit back at “The View” one day after host Joy Behar said that it’s essentially “mental illness” to believe that “Jesus talks to you” and co-host Sunny Hostin added that she’s not so sure she wants her “vice president speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”
Pence told Axios’ Mike Allen on Wednesday that he heard “ABC has a program” that compared his faith to mental illness, before accusing the network of allowing a forum that mocks the faith tradition of millions of Americans.
“It’s just wrong, and it’s an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith,” he said. “My Christianity is the most important thing in my life.”
The vice-president went on to note that he reads his Bible every morning and that he and his wife pray together before he leaves. Pence added that his faith sustains him in all that he does and that he believes he’s a “very typical American” in that regard.
As for “The View,” though he didn’t name the show specifically, he continued to push back against Behar’s comments.
“I just think it demonstrates just how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that,” Pence said. “And I call them out on it. Not because of what was said about me.”
He continued, “But it’s just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.”
Watch Pence’s comments below:
Vice President Mike Pence responds to The View's Joy Behar and her accusation that Pence has "mental illness" because he listens to Jesus.See full story here: http://go.cbn.com/22996
Posted by CBN News on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Pence said that he “can’t be silent” over the issue due to the fact that there are “tens of millions of Americans” who deeply hold their faith dear.
“We’re better than that,” he said. “Our country’s better than that.”
As Faithwire previously reported, the debate started when Hostin and Behar responded Tuesday to comments made by Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former “Apprentice” star who briefly became a White House staffer before reportedly being terminated. Newman said Pence is extreme and that he “thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
“I’m Catholic. I’m a faithful person,” Hostin said in reaction. “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.”
You can see the original discussion on “The View” below:
(H/T: CBN News)