Liberal Radio Host Bill Press: Behar Was 'Right' to Say Pence's Christian Faith Is a 'Mental Illness'

May 31, 2018

Liberal radio host Bill Press on Thursday mocked Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith by doubling down on ABC's "The View" co-host Joy Behar's disparaging comment about him having a "mental illness" for his religious views.

Behar mocked Pence's Christian faith back in February, saying it was indicative of "mental illness" to think Jesus was talking to him. Her comments were in response to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's commentary on "Celebrity Big Brother," which reflected on her time in the Trump administration.

Behar received backlash in response to the comment, prompting her to apologize for falling short of respecting all religions and to say she was "wrong" to make the comment. Despite Behar's apology, Press pushed back against her admonition of wrongdoing and said she was "right" to mock Pence on his religious views.

Press played an audio clip of White House press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders slamming Disney CEO Bob Iger for bias after he apologized to former President Barack Obama official Valerie Jarrett but ignored other examples of hateful speech on Disney networks. The former Obama official received the apology after she was the the subject of an insulting, racially-charged tweet from "Roseanne" star Roseanne Barr.

"Where was Bob Iger's apology to the White House staff for Jemele Hill calling the president and anyone associated with him a white supremacist? To Christians around the world for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness," Sanders said.

"Whoah, whoah, whoa," said Press, stopping the clip. "First of all, Joy Behar apologized on the air. She said that about Mike Pence. By the way, Mike Pence's Christianity? She's right. She's right."

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