For his entire political career, former Vice President Mike Pence has opposed equal rights for LGBTQ Americans across the country.
Though Pence has repeatedly railed against same-sex marriage, HIV/AIDS outreach, and other programs affecting the LGBTQ community, he took a markedly different tone while speaking on the issue to college students at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville this past Tuesday.
When asked what he would do if his child were to come out as gay, Pence responded:
“I’d look him in the eye and say I love you. But let me say on this issue, if we got to know each other, you’d know the Pences love everybody,. We treat everybody the way we want to be treated."
But The View co-host Sunny Hostin isn't buying it. In a segment discussing the comments Hostin listed the many times Pence opposed LGBTQ rights throughout his career. Also on the panel? Former Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah.
Though Farah defended Pence, who said that Pence "might be coming around a little bit" on LGBTQ issues, Hostin said:
“I think he's lying on that tape, and I think that words are meaningless when your actions say differently. ... In 2000, [Pence] said during his congressional campaign that Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage. Let me continue. In 2004, Mike Pence co-sponsored a proposed amendment to the US Constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. In 2007, he voted against the employment non-discrimination act. In 2010, he voted against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. In 2015, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act … .”
At that point, Behar cut Hostin off, but the conversation continued on social media.
She wasn't the only one to slam Pence's answer.
Some speculate Pence is mulling a 2024 presidential run.