After The View co-host Joy Behar openly mocked Pence’s Christian faith on her show last month, she reportedly called him to apologize.
Behar criticized Pence for praying and said Christians, like Pence, who hear from Jesus suffer from a “mental illness.”
Following the remark, many people online criticized Behar over the remark and requested she apologize on a public forum.
During a segment with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Pence confirmed that Behar personally called him to apologize over the comment.
How did Pence respond? “I forgive you,” he revealed during the segment.
Per Fox News:
Pence spoke on a range of topics including Behar’s recent comments — which have led the Media Research Center to launch a campaign to hold Behar accountable for spewing “anti-Christian bigotry” after she said that communicating with Jesus is a “mental illness” during a Feb. 13 episode of “The View.”
“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. 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,” Pence told Hannity.
Hannity told Pence that his faith also taught him to forgive but added, “I’m not as good at it as you.”
During the phone call, Pence urged Behar to take her comments to a public forum to apologize to the “tens of millions” of other Christians who were offended.
“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, per Fox News.
“You and I know that criticism comes with public life,” Pence said to Hannity. “But, I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander.”
Washington Times reports Pence said, “I said to Joy, ‘Of course, I forgive you. That’s part of my faith experience.’ But I did encourage her and 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.”
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.@VP on Joy Behar’s comments: ”My Christian faith is the most important thing in my life…I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander.” #Hannity pic.twitter.com/9feIwC8r5H
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 13, 2018
Washington Post reports the exchange on The View, which led to Behar making the comment:
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The spat dates back to last month, when Behar and her co-hosts were discussing comments that former West Wing staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman had made on “Celebrity Big Brother.”
“He’s extreme,” Manigault Newman said to her fellow contestants about Pence, who has ties to the evangelical community. “I’m Christian. I love Jesus. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t saying that.’ ”
That prompted the women of “The View” on Feb. 13 to critique Pence’s faith. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”
Behar responded: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.”