© 2023 Blaze Media LLC. All rights reserved.
Although Mike Pence pledges to be a Christian leader, he sure has a strange way of showing it when it comes to the treatment of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine.
Tucker Carlson pointed out that “the Zelenskyy government has raided convents, arrested priests, has effectively banned a denomination — a Christian denomination.”
Pence recently met with Zelenskyy, which begs the question — did he address this issue in their meeting?
“I’m wondering,” Tucker said, “if during that meeting, as a prominent Christian leader ... you broached the question of his treatment of Christians within Ukraine.”
“I did raise the issue when we were there ... with the leader of the Orthodox Church,” Pence responded. “He assured me that the Zelenskyy government in Ukraine was respecting religious liberty,” he continued.
While Pence certainly seemed satisfied with his answer, assuring the audience that “there’s no higher priority in [his] life than preserving the freedom of religion,” Tucker was far from content.
“I’m confused,” he said, continuing, “it’s very clear that the Zelenskyy government has arrested priests for having views they disagree with; that’s not consistent with religious liberty — it’s an attack on it.”
What’s more is that “we’re funding it,” Tucker pointed out. “I sincerely wonder how a Christian leader could support the arrest of Christians for having different views.”
Pence’s response to Tucker’s entirely fair question was disappointing in every way.
“I asked the Christian leader in Kiev if that was in fact happening, and [he] assured me it was not,’” he repeated. “People were not being persecuted for their religious beliefs.”
When Tucker naturally began to object to this unsatisfactory response, Pence tried a different tactic.
He attempted to steamroll Tucker, interrupting his questions and refusing to continue what was supposed to be a genuine dialogue.
“Let me take a break here,” he boomed over Tucker, who was still trying to get him to actually answer the original question.
“I respect your right to your opinion on Ukraine, and I trust you’ll respect mine,” was the only answer Pence had.
Then he launched into a self-aggrandizing, irrelevant speech about how he traveled through Ukraine with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization, as if that should be enough to convince the audience of his authenticity.
Tucker – one can admire his undying persistence — attempted yet again to get an answer out of Pence regarding the persecution of Christians in Ukraine.
And let’s just say a heated conversation got even hotter. Watch the full clip here.
Want more like this?
Subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.
Want to leave a tip?
We answer to you. Help keep our content free of advertisers and big tech censorship by leaving a tip today.
News, opinion, and entertainment for people who love the American way of life.