Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that, while he greatly appreciates the personal apology he received from “The View” host Joy Behar for mocking his Christian faith, the “tens of millions” of Americans who were offended deserve an apology, as well.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Pence said that, while he understands that holding public office makes him a target, Behar didn’t just insult him with her comment:
“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.”
“I did encourage her – and 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.”
The Media Research Center’s (MRC) “Stop Attacking Christians” grassroots campaign has generated 40,000 phone calls to ABC and 13,000 to “The View’s” advertisers to-date demanding a public apology from Behar.
Behar's private apology "is not nearly enough," MRC Pres. Brent Bozell said in a statement calling on Behar to publicly apologize to all Christians - and vowing to continue the "Stop Attacking Christians" campaign until she does:
“It is a good first step that Joy Behar privately apologized to Vice President Pence, but it is not nearly enough. Behar and ABC need to publicly apologize for the bigoted slurs on ‘The View.’
“The bigoted statements made about the Vice President's Christian faith offended hundreds of millions of Christians across the country, the largest faith group in the United States.
“Their apology should, therefore, be as public as their insult.
“When they do that, this whole matter will be put to rest. Until they do, we will not let up our campaign to let the world -- including their advertisers -- know of their anti-Christian bigotry."
UPDATE: On Tuesday's show, "The View" aired the Pence video and Behar issued a public apology, prompting MRC Pres. Bozell to issue a statement praising her and calling an end to the protest campaign.