An ABC News anchor used Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith to accuse President Donald Trump of killing Americans through negligence.
Interviewing Pence on ABC’s “Nightline” in a segment on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, anchor Byron Pitts closed the segment by asking him if he used his prayer time to consider how he and Trump have killed thousands of Americans.
“Mr. Vice President, I have a final question for you, and I ask this in a non-political way,” Pitts began, making it clear it was entirely political.
“You are a person of deep faith. No one doubts that. 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.
The question seems to imply God would personally judge Pence for political decisions with which the mainstream media disagree.
Pence did not take the faith-bashing bait.
“Well,” Pence began, obviously disappointed in the personal and political smear disguised as a question. “Thank you for mentioning that we are talking about one American at a time.”
He added, “We wanted the American people to see the numbers so that we understand the challenging days that lie ahead. 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.”
Despite claiming people were dying because Trump did not take action, neither Pitts or ABC News offered any examples.
The interview was pre-taped and Pitts’ question was left in, despite the fact it was a clearly personal attack.