Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith was mocked on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday as the co-hosts mulled his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, President Trump’s disgruntled ex-staffer, used her status as a “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant this week to insinuate that the vice president suffers from mental illness. The claim — “he thinks Jesus tells him to say things … Scary” — served as fodder for jokes by ABC’s Joy Behar.
“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,” she said.
Co-host Sherri Shepard then interjected that Ms. Behar, an agnostic who was raised Catholic, may be misinterpreting the situation.
“As a Christian, that’s just par for the course,” she said. “You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back. What concerns me is, how long is the conversation with Jesus?”
Ms. Behar waffled after co-host Meghan McCain, who was visibly upset, said Jesus speaks to her “every morning.”
“I don’t think anyone can be worse than Trump,” Ms. Behar said. “I don’t. I think that Mike Pence, say what you will about Mike Pence and his religiosity and everything else, I don’t think that he’s mentally ill even though he says he is hearing voices. I don’t think he’s that crazy. He has no charisma whatsoever. […] That’s why I think he would be better.”