Vice President Pence’s 24-year-old daughter Charlotte Pence, who wrote a children’s book about the family’s pet bunny, decided to be above the vicious attacks on her father and praise John Oliver’s parody of her book by noting the proceeds go to charity.
In the parody, written by a staffer for his weekly HBO show, the bunny is gay. Vice President Pence has become a hated and vilified symbol among liberals like Oliver for his support of traditional values.
“His book is contributing to charities that I believe we can all get behind,” she said. “So we have two books that are giving to charities.” Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, illustrated the book.
Oliver’s book donates to AIDS United and the Trevor Project, which supports suicidal LGBTQ young people. He announced the book in a profanity-laced tirade against Pence Sunday night.
The HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has written a spoof of the Pence family’s book about its pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, ridiculing the Pences by describing the rabbit as gay.
The Pence book, “A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” was written by Vice President Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by Second Lady Karen Pence. The Oliver-produced book, written by one of his show’s writers, was released Sunday and announced on his program Sunday night. It already appears to be #1 on Amazon in books and had somehow garnered more than 650 reviews by Monday morning, almost all of them five stars.
“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit that has also been published,” Oliver said on his show. “In fact, while his is out tomorrow, ours is released right now. Now, there are a few small differences between the two books . . . our Marlon Bundo is gay.”
From the description on Amazon:
HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.
Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is about to change forever…
With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same-sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.
100% of Last Week Tonight‘s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
And from the description of the Pence family’s book, which is also doing well at #15 on Amazon:
From the moment he hopped into the home of America’s “Second Family,” black-and-white bunny rabbit Marlon Bundo captured the hearts of Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and his children Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. But little Marlon Bundo isn’t just a family pet: like Peter Rabbit and Bugs Bunny before him, Marlon—or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States)—is a national celebrity! With his appearances at official White House events, his rides on Air Force 2, and his popular Instagram account, Marlon Bundo has become a beloved member of the Trump-Pence administration.
So how does a bunny experience a day in the life of the Vice President? Now young readers can follow Marlon Bundo along as he hops after “Grampa” (Vice President Mike Pence) in this delightful story penned by Charlotte Pence and illustrated faithfully with watercolors from the “Second Lady” herself, Karen Pence.
I imagine this will actually goose sales for the Pence book, which is published by Regnery, which also published my biography of Stephen Bannon. People already get John Oliver, but they might not know the Pences have produced a book about their rabbit. I didn’t, or if I did, I had forgotten.
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