Following criticism that labels him the “most successful Christian supremacist in American history, Vice President Mike Pence says he counts it as “joy.”
“The Bible says, 'count it all joy' when you endure trials of many kinds," Pence told CBN News as he referenced James 1: 2-3 to respond to what he sees as a personal attack. "Anytime I'm criticized for my belief in Jesus Christ I just breathe a prayer of praise."
In "The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence," authors Michael D'Antonio and Peter Eisner called Pence the "the most successful Christian supremacist in American history.” They said he is already functioning as a "kind of replacement president" and is preparing to "fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors," USA Today reported.
“Although Pence presents himself as a deeply moral man," the authors write according to The Washington Post, "his record indicates both a ruthlessness and a comfort with aggression.”
Critics of Pence have said he may be trying to make a run at the presidential seat.
“I think he’s a very divisive figure,” said Berman in a CNN interview Wednesday. “He would like to impose a religiously inspired politics on our country that means rolling back marriage equality, it means a ban on abortion, a whole host of policies that are religiously driven. He’s very upfront about that.”
Pence, however, disagrees.
“This is a nation of faith, so we'll continue to stand for the things that we believe in," Pence told CBN. "We'll always have gentleness and respect. We'll respect the beliefs and convictions of every American, but I'm just very confident that as we go forward and serve alongside this president that there are an awful lot of people across this country that share our faith and appreciate where we stand."
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.