In a Monday interview, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stood by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in the midst of backlash against the recent religious freedom law passed in the Hoosier State.
Appearing on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Monday afternoon, Bush told Hewitt that Pence “has done the right thing” by passing the law, which he said mirrors the one passed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993.
“I think if they actually got briefed on the law, they wouldn’t be blasting this law,” Bush said. “I think Governor Pence has done the right thing. Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs. To be able to be people of conscience. I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”
“There are many cases where people acting on their conscience have been castigated by the government. And this law simply says the government has to have a level of burden to be able to establish that there’s been some kind of discrimination,” Bush told Hewitt. “We’re going to need this.”
“This is really an important value for our country to — in a diverse country, where you can respect and be tolerant of people’s lifestyles but allow for people of faith to be able to exercise theirs,” Bush added.