The publisher behind Second Daughter Charlotte Pence’s new children’s book may be hopping mad about John Oliver trolling Vice President Pence with his own story about the Pence family bunny being gay, but Marlon Bundo himself doesn’t seem to mind. On Tuesday, the Vice Presidential bunny posted his own response to the dueling stories about him that are currently blowing up the Amazon bestsellers list — and he was significantly more chill about it than one might expect.
The post features Marlon rocking a colorful bowtie, just like the one from Oliver’s book and is captioned with a message suggesting that because both books’ proceeds are going to charity, he’s cool with being at the center of such an epic trolling.
Said trolling came about when Last Week Tonight‘s Oliver devoted a segment of his show Sunday night to VP Pence and all the dangerous actions he’s taken and supported throughout his political career (think LGBT “conversion therapy,” believing women don’t belong in the military, and diverting funds away from AIDS/HIV resources, just to scratch the surface).
In light of those troubling beliefs from the man who’s a heartbeat away from the presidency and the fact that Pence’s daughter Charlotte and Second Lady Karen had a children’s book coming out this week about their pet bunny, Oliver did what he does best: strategic viral mockery. Oliver and his team released their own children’s book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (the Pences’ version is called Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President), at the same time. The Last Week Tonight knock-off features Marlon falling in love with another boy bunny and living happily ever after because Oliver knew the Vice President would *love* that. Obviously, it hit No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list almost instantly.
Regency Publishing, the company that issued the Pences’ original, wasn’t pleased. “It’s unfortunate that anyone would feel the need to ridicule an educational children’s book and turn it into something controversial and partisan,” Regency said in a statement to CNN.
But author Charlotte Pence hinted that she was less upset. Charlotte and her mom made an appearance promoting their book on Fox Business Network, and when the host mentioned Oliver’s campaign, the younger Pence didn’t seem bothered. In fact, she said she was “all for it,” explaining:
(*Whispers* And Mrs. Pence said nothing.)
Bundo’s Instagram message reflected a similar message. “The only thing better than one bunny book for charity is…TWO bunny books for charity,” BOTUS wrote. Proceeds from Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President will benefit art therapy program Tracy’s Kids and A21, an anti-human-trafficking nonprofit. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo will help LGBTQ organizations Trevor Project and AIDS United, which don’t really seem like charities Charlotte’s dad would be likely to “get behind” considering his anti-gay record (Ellen DeGeneres, on the other hand, was so delighted about the book and its mission she had Oliver on her show and donated $10,000 to his book’s causes).
But hey, maybe Pence’s kids and bunnies really are of a more enlightened generation. Because, seriously, who doesn’t support a bunny in a bowtie?