Vice President Mike Pence, who is known for his devout Christian faith, was recently seemingly taunted by an ABC anchor who asked if he “talks to God,” about those whose lives have been tragically taken by the coronavirus.
The suggestion of course being that many lives may have been needlessly lost to COVID-19 as a result of the federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus.
One would think it’s not too much to ask in a time of global health crisis for the mainstream media to act with fairness and tact, but here we are.
In a Friday interview, ABC’s Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts asked Pence if he felt any religious conviction regarding the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and if he felt the Trump administration held any blame for unnecessary deaths.
“When you talk to God in your moments alone, do you find yourself worrying at all that people you represent, and care deeply about, have died and will die who did not need to because of steps the federal government did not take soon enough?” asked Pitts.
“Thank you for mentioning that we are talking about one American at a time,” Pence began. “And I promise you, that’s the way President Trump thinks of this, it’s the way I think of it.”
“We wanted the American people to see the numbers so that we understand the challenging days that lie ahead,” he went on. “But I want people to know that our future is in your hands, that if every one of us will do and put into practice the Guidelines for America, that we can bring those numbers down.”
“I really do believe we’ll get through this and we’ll come out stronger than ever before,” Pence said.
ABC trashes Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith:
Do you "talk to God" about how many people you let die from the coronavirus?
What a bigoted question!
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) April 3, 2020
As it turns out, Pitts himself is a professing Christian.
In a 2009 interview with Poynter promoting his memoir, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges, Pitts said: “I believe that I am a Child of God and that his son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins so that I might live. My faith certainly shapes my life and thus shapes my work.”
In spite of Pitts’ implied characterization of the federal response as lackluster and potentially deadly, the Trump administration has attempted to temper the spread of the coronavirus.
Early on, The Washington Times notes, the Trump administration banned travel from China, Europe, and several other countries with a significant number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. It also forged several public-private partnerships to boost testing, as well as collaborated with states to increase the supply of ventilators, personal protective equipment to hospitals across the nation.
Ultimately, our president and his administration are clearly doing what they can in the fight against the pandemic. Now, more than ever, we must be able to rise above politics and fruitless blame-games for the protection of all Americans.
If Pitts himself is a Christian, he could have done much more to speak to a brother in Christ with charity and compassion, rather than weaponizing his question to signal that the Trump administration—and therefore Pence—have blood on their hands.
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