Joy Behar, co-host of “The View,” has long been antagonistic toward conservatives, but it appears that the addition of Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain to the largely liberal discussion panel has triggered her more than ever. Her newest attack on Vice President Mike Pence — and subsequently Christianity as a whole — is causing quite the stir.
During an on-air discussion, a video clip of Omarosa Manigault Newman was shown where she attacked Pence, calling his devotion to his Christian faith “extreme” because he “thinks Jesus tells him to say things.” Appearing on the reality TV show “Big Brother, the former White House staffer said that Pence as president is a far scarier prospect than Trump as president because of how he practices his faith.
Co-host Sunny Hostin joined in, saying a vice president who speaks in tongues makes her nervous, even though Omarosa never mentioned Pence speaking in tongues.
But Behar took things way further by remarking, “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.”
Behar did later retract her comment on Pence being mentally ill after another guest explained that Christianity is a two-way relationship where believers do communicate with Christ through prayer. Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas was not impressed with Behar’s attack on Pence’s faith and gave her a stern warning about what would happen if she persisted in attacking Christianity.
Jeffress, who is also a faith adviser to President Trump, spoke with Fox News and said, “Let’s go ahead and say what we all know is true: If Joy Behar had attacked a devout Muslim for his faith, ABC would have fired her in a nanosecond. But you know, to the left, when it comes to attacking conservative Christians, it is always open season.”
“You know, I’m often asked, ‘Why is it that evangelicals supported a secular candidate like Donald Trump by the largest margin in history?’ This is the reason,” Jeffress continued. “Christians are tired of being bullied for their faith in the public square. They wanted an administration who would respect rather than ridicule their beliefs. And in many ways, the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence was a reaction against these kinds of despicable attacks upon people’s faith.”
Asked why the liberals on “The View” have such a big problem with Pence’s faith, Jeffress replied, “Well, scratch beneath the surface. Read what they’ve said in the past, and it’s very clear. Mike Pence has committed the unpardonable sin when it comes to the left, and that is, he still maintains the personal belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
Jeffress acknowledged that not everyone agrees with Pence, but you can’t call his view on marriage “an extreme perspective when it’s the belief of the three major world religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, which have taught that for thousands of years. Look, this once again shows the hypocrisy of the left. The left cries for tolerance, and yet they’re the most intolerant people when it comes to beliefs with which they disagree.”
As for his warning to Behar, the pastor said, “I told President Trump last week: He has become the most faith-friendly president in history, and his selection of Vice President Pence is just one example of that. But if Joy Behar and her ilk continue these kinds of unfounded attacks, you’re going to see President Trump re-elected by a landslide in 2020, and you’re going to see Vice President Pence become President Pence in 2024. That’s my prediction.”
Watch Jeffress’ brief exchange with Fox News below:
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