Pence Says This TV Host Owes Millions of Americans an Apology
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence said that he had received a personal apology from The View’s Joy Behar stemming from her mockery of his Christian faith in a February episode of the TV show. He said he urged Behar to use her public platform to apologize one more time – except this time, she should direct her apology to the “tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended” by her remarks.
“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit,” he told Hannity. “She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you’ve been forgiven.”
The controversy began on The View, when the gals were rehashing some of Omarosa’s comments on the new Big Brother. After the former White House staffer told the housemates that Mike Pence would be worse than Trump due to his dialogues with Jesus, Behar and some of the other co-hosts leaped to mock the vice president, comparing that form of faith with “mental illness.”
“I’m still encouraging her to use the forum of that program or some other public forum to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended,” Pence said. “You and I know that criticism comes with public life. But I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander.”
Though Behar may have privately apologized to the vice president, many Christian activists say that’s not going to dissuade them from their campaign against ABC’s advertisers. MRC’s Brent Bozell, who has led the charge in the wake of Behar’s remarks, said her apology to Pence was “not nearly enough.” He vowed to continue his fight against “anti-Christian bigotry” at the network. Thus far, neither ABC News nor The View’s advertisers have acknowledged the controversy in any way other than to deflect blame. Certainly, there has been no public apology forthcoming from either the network, the advertisers, or Behar herself.
Contrast that with what would have happened had Behar said that praying to Mecca twice a day was akin to a “mental illness.” Imagine what the outcry would have been if ANYONE on ANY television show had compared transgenderism to a “mental illness.” There would be riots in the streets. Happy, rainbow-flag-flying riots in the latter case; bomb-throwing, bloody ones in the former, but riots nonetheless. But since it’s just that old, unimportant religion known as Christianity…meh? Who cares, right?