Karen and Charlotte Pence, the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, released a children’s book Monday told through the eyes of their pet rabbit Marlon Bundo, but a parody of that volume published by late-night TV host John Oliver is selling more copies than the Pence book itself.
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Oliver’s book – “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” – similarly details the life of the Pence's’ family bunny, except it imagines a world where Bundo (as he’s commonly known) falls in love with another male rabbit, but is prevented from marrying him by a stink bug that declares boys have to marry girls.
The host of "Last Week Tonight" announced the book during a 20-minute segment in which he slammed Pence for his views on gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights.
Already, Oliver’s book has topped the Amazon best-seller list, while the Pence’s book, “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” nabbed fourth on the list.
Charlotte Pence, who wrote the book, dismissed Oliver’s parody, which showcases a day in the life of her father through the eyes of her pet rabbit, during an interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday.
“I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way,” she said. “But in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind. We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I’m all for it, really.”
Proceeds from Oliver’s book go to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevent service for LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United, while proceeds from Pence’s book will go to A21, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping human trafficking, as well as an art therapy program at the Riley Hospital for Children.
The second daughter said she and her mother, who provided the illustrations, decided to create the book to help people to understand what the vice president’s daily job looks like -- something they didn’t fully understand until they were living it.
“We thought we’d start in the morning and go all the way through,” Karen Pence said. “There’s just a lot of facts about the vice presidency that a lot of people didn’t understand, and we didn’t know until we were in this role, one being that we live at the Naval Observatory.”