'The View' Hosts Call Pence's Christian Faith 'Dangerous,' Form of 'Mental Illness'

February 13, 2018

"The View" panel mocked Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith on Tuesday, with co-host Joy Behar saying it was indicative of "mental illness" to think Jesus was talking to him, after former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman called the vice president "scary."

Manigault Newman made headlines for scathing remarks on "Celebrity Big Brother" about her time in the Trump administration, saying in the most recent episode that Pence was "scary" and that he thinks "Jesus tells him to say things."

"As bad as ya'll think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence," she said. "We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president. He's extreme. I'm Christian. I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things."

In a clip flagged by NewsBustersCo-host Meghan McCain said Manigault Newman's dish was "not that interesting," as Pence's Christian faith is well-known, adding it seemed the former White House aide was clearly trying to get back in the public's good graces after her tenure working for President Donald Trump.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said Manigault Newman's remarks about what Jesus tells him to say were "interesting," leading McCain to ask when the former aide was even around Pence in the first place.

"Obviously she was around him because she knows a lot more than I think that we all know about Mike Pence. But what I do know about Mike Pence is I went to law school in Indiana; he is a hated figure there, actually," Hostin said. "He's not very popular at all."

"When you have a Mike Pence that now puts this religious veneer on things and calls people 'values voters,' I think we're in a dangerous situation," she added. "Look, I'm Catholic. I'm a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president, um, speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him."

"Like I said before, it's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you," Behar said, to laughter from the audience. "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct. Hearing voices."

Co-host Sherri Shepherd noted it's "par for the course" in Christianity to talk to Jesus.

"What concerns me is how long is the conversation with Jesus," Shepherd said.

"But Jesus is telling him to say things," Hostin said.