Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he handles online criticism by spending more time in prayer than he does on the internet.
“Number one is spend more time on your knees than on the internet,” Pence said on the topic of battling critics during an appearance at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event.
“As a Christian believer, we’re charged to pray for our loved ones but also pray for our enemies. You have lots of opportunities in politics to do that,” the vice president continued. “Forgiveness is a great gift, and my wife and I literally try to work through forgiving people who might speak woefully against us or might mischaracterize who we are and what our family’s all about.”
Pence said he was surprised by the outcry from the left over his wife, second lady Karen Pence, taking a job teaching art at a Christian school in Springfield, Virginia.
“We honestly didn’t see that one coming,” he conceded. “Our kids went to the school when I was in Congress.”
While addressing the ADF, Pence also expressed his condolences to the families who lost loved one in the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend that claimed 31 lives and injured 56. He urged Americans to do away with“destructive partisanship” and “overcome evil with good.”
“Like all Americans, Karen and I were outraged and sickened by these barbaric attacks,” said the vice president. “As I stand before you today, 31 people have died, 53 were injured, and it breaks our hearts to see so many innocent lives cut short by unspeakable violence. What happened this weekend were acts of pure evil.”
“Hate has no place in America, and the sinister ideologies of racism, bigotry and white supremacy must be defeated,” he concluded.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday is scheduled to visit El Paso and Dayton to meet with first responders, law enforcement, and victims of the shootings.