In an interview with Fox News that aired on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence addressed "The View" co-host Joy Behar's recent comments that likened his deep Christian faith to mental illness.
Pence, speaking with "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt, took aim at Behar's comments on the show, as well as ABC itself, for allowing such negative commentary about Christianity to air.
What's the background?
Behar suggested Tuesday on "The View" that Pence's mental fitness is not up to par because the vice president has reportedly said that God speaks to him.
The commentary began after show's co-hosts shared footage of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's comments on "Celebrity Big Brother," in which the former staffer discussed the Trump administration.
Newman, in the clip, said, "As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence. ... Everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life."
"I am Christian, I love Jesus, but [Pence] thinks Jesus tells him to say things," Newman added.
The panel went on to discuss Newman's analysis of Pence's faith, and how it translates into politics, when Behar made the comment about mental illness.
"It’s one thing to talk to Jesus," Behar said. "It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you."
She later added that hearing voices is symptomatic of "mental illness," and quipped, "Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?"
What did Pence tell 'Fox & Friends'?
Pence told Earhardt that while those in the public spotlight are "accustomed to criticism," he couldn't bite his tongue over Behar's comments.
"When I heard that ABC had a program that likened my Christianity to mental illness, I just couldn't be silent," he said.
"My Christian faith is probably the most important thing in my life," he added. "I do try and start every day reading the Bible. My wife and I try and have a prayer together before I leave the house every morning. But I do think I'm a very typical American."
"People of all different faiths and traditions have cherished their faith in God," Pence continued, "and for ABC to have a forum that spoke in such demeaning terms, I think it's evidence of how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people."
Fox & Friends actually made Mike Pence address Joy Behar's joke about his Christian faith from last week.
"When I heard that ABC had a program that likened my Christianity to mental illness, I just couldn't be silent." pic.twitter.com/QXPG4kjqEW
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