Stephanopoulos referred to the reaction of Bob Vander Plaats of the conservative group The Family Leader, who said, "Our base would want to know who is responsible for what we believe is an issue of religious liberty — that would be of concern to us."
"What's the answer?," Stephanopoulos asked Pence.
Pence continued, "I think the generosity of his spirit, recognizing that in the patriot's heart, there's no room for prejudice, is part of who this president is."
The vice president also reaffirmed Trump’s stated plan to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
Passed in 1954, the Johnson Amendment is a provision of the U.S. tax code that prevents tax-exempt organizations — like churches and universities — from engaging in political activities. Organizations that do so risk losing their tax-exempt status.
Pence told Stephanopoulos, “The president's made it clear that he wants to take action on the Johnson Amendment. He's directed the administration to begin to look at ways, both legislatively and through executive action, to do that.”
“His reiterated commitment to religious liberty are all a part of the kind of leadership that people are going to welcome from President Trump,” Pence said.
Stephanopoulos pressed the vice president, asking, “Do you think a new executive order is necessary on religious liberty? Or is current law sufficient?”
Pence responded that it’s the “purview of the president” to determine if further executive action would be necessary.