Vice President Mike Pence told Sean Hannity on Monday night that "The View" host Joy Behar personally called to apologize after she suggested Pence was suffering from a "mental illness" because he communicated regularly with the Divine.
Pence, however, told Behar that while he forgave her for her transgression, she owed a similar apology to "tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended."
Behar was accused of "anti-Christian bigotry," after she quipped that Pence must be suffering from a mental illness to believe he was actually communicating with Jesus Christ while in prayer — a line she issued in response to another co-host's claim that “I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”
More than 30,000 viewers signed a petition calling for Behar to apologize, and the Media Research Center pledged to contact "The View's" advertisers.
Pence told Hannity that he was impressed that Behar actually contacted him directly and said that the "View" co-host seemed genuinely sorry.
“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven,” Pence said. Hannity replied that he admired Pence's ability to forgive, and his ability to withstand such hateful criticism.
Pence said he's working on using his connection to Behar to encourage her to be more understanding to her fellow Americans.
"I'm still encouraging her, to use the forum of that program or some other public forum, to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended,” Pence said. “You and I know that criticism comes with public life. But, I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander.”