Trump Honors Karen Pence During National Prayer Breakfast for Controversial New Job at Christian School

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President Donald Trump commended second lady Karen Pence for her new job teaching art at a Christian school during the National Prayer Breakfast.

Pence faced a wave of backlash after taking the teaching job because of the school’s traditional beliefs on marriage. Despite the controversy, President Trump gave the second lady recognition for her new position.


“I’ve gotten to know Karen so well. She is a Marine Corps mom, a tremendous woman, a proud supporter of military families, and she just recently went back to teaching art classes at a Christian school. Thank you. Thank you, Karen. Terrific woman.”

While this may be the first time Trump has issued a statement of support for Pence and her new job, he is not the only one.

As IJR previously reported, Vice President Mike Pence also addressed the controversy surrounding his wife’s new teaching position. The vice president said, “My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while. We’re used to the criticism, but I have to tell you, to see major news organizations attacking Christian education, is deeply offensive to us.”

The vice president’s concerns about the national criticism for Christian education were echoed by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). Sasse called the backlash against Pence “fundamentally un-American.”

“Karen Pence is a lovely woman and she is trying to help and serve kids and she is doing it at a Christian school. She doesn’t need a job, she’s doing this to love her neighbor. She’s doing this to help kids learn about art. People have decided to attack her because it’s a Christian school. This is a fundamentally un-American way to think.”

There were still some that were not happy that President Trump gave Pence a shoutout during his speech. Several took to Twitter to accuse Trump of being against members of the LGBT community.

As the president noted, the second lady has championed a program that helps military spouses while their significant other is serving away from home.

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Phyllis Softa

I do not share Karen Pence’s interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. But I do not doubt that she practices what she believes them to be. I admire anyone that uses their religious beliefs to guide THEIR OWN life. The purpose of religion is not to judge others or impose your interpretation on others.

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