‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar says Mike Pence’s religion is ‘mental illness’

February 14, 2018

‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar says Mike Pence’s religion is ‘mental illness’ Michael Vadon / CCL

The View has taken their insults a step too far.

Joy Behar, cohost of ABC’s The View, mocked Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday, even calling Christianity a “mental illness.”

The only costar on the show that defended Pence was none other than Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who apparently holds a strong Christian faith herself, and was able to convince Behar to retract her statements.

But the damage had already been done.

Christianity a “mental illness”

Behar’s comments came after a clip was played on Tuesday’s episode of The View that featured former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman gossiping about Pence’s Christian belief on CBS’s Celebrity Big Brother earlier this week. Manigault-Newman described Pence’s beliefs as “scary” and “extreme.”

“As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence,” Manigault-Newman said. “Everybody that’s wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life. We would be begging for days of Trump if Pence became president, that’s all I’m saying. He’s extreme.” She continued:

I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. I’m like, “Jesus didn’t say that.”

The clip prompted discussion from many of the panel members, including Susan Hostin, who remarked, “I think what’s interesting is that she said Jesus tells Mike Pence things to say.” She then added:

I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people “values voters,” I think we’re in a dangerous situation. 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.

Joy Behar then chimed in with her famous last words: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”

“Exactly! That’s different!” Hostin agreed.

“That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices,” Behar said.

Defending Pence

The other self-avowed Christians on the panel, with the exception of McCain, piled on. Sherri Shepard said that “as a Christian,” it’s “par for the course” to talk to Jesus, but joked about “how long” that conversation should be.

“You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back,” Shepard said. “What concerns me is, how long is the conversation with Jesus?”

Representing the side of religious liberty, Meghan McCain said that Manigault-Newman’s comments were “not that interesting,” as Pence’s Christian beliefs are well-known. She suggested that the former staffer was simply “trying to atone” for working in the Trump White House, and “trying to be accepted by the mainstream media.”

McCain also added that Jesus talks to her “every morning,” prompting Behar to walk back her statement.

“I don’t think anyone can be worse than Trump,” Behar finally concluded. “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.”

The hosts ultimately agreed that they would rather have Pence in the White House than Trump.


The anti-Pence sentiment of The View hosts is common among “Never Trump-ers,” who apparently don’t want an administration that comes with religious morals.

“Do we want our politics served to us with a religious veneer over them?” Hostin asked during Tuesday’s program. Her comments were met again with McCain, but the senator’s daughter was ultimately shot down for her alternative viewpoint.

“I’m not in this fight today,” McCain concluded, referencing “disrespect for Mike Pence.”

“You should be very careful what you say about [President Donald] Trump, because that man [Pence] could be president,” McCain added.

It seems that the liberal hosts of The View aren’t as tolerant as they claim to be. If they actually practiced what they preached, we wouldn’t be subjected to their endless virtue signaling and anti-religious sanctimony.

Maybe instead of mocking people for their beliefs, liberals should endorse religious freedom for all, like they claim to do. But until they understand that talking to Jesus is a normal Christian practice, it seems we all have a “mental illness.”


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.