Charlotte Pence Buys A Copy Of John Oliver's Satirical Book About Her Pet Bunny

She said she wanted to donate to an important cause.

Charlotte Pence, the daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, has bought a book that was meant to mock her dad's stance on gay marriage. The reason? She wanted to donate to a good cause.

It started when the 24-year-old Pence published a children's book called Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice PresidentThe book — written by Charlotte and illustrated by her mother, the Second Lady Karen Pence — follows Marlon Bundo as he hops around behind Vice President Pence.


But seeing the opportunity for one of his patented comic takedowns, John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight, decided to make a mock version of the book. This one, called A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, is a story about the same bunny reimagined as if he were gay — like the real Marlon Bundo. When the Marlon meets another bunny named Wesley, they try to get married. But a ruling stink bug with a likeness to Vice President Pence intervenes to say that "boy bunnies don't marry boy bunnies."

"There are a few small differences between these books," Oliver said on his show. "You'll notice right away our rabbit has a bow tie, so there's that. Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit cause our Marlon Bundo is gay, just like the real Marlon Bundo."

Oliver's book was a not so subtle shot at Vice President Pence's long history of opposition to the LGBT community. Additionally, Oliver committed proceeds from the book would go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United, two organizations that primarily serve the gay community. 

Despite that, though, Charlotte Pence took it all in stride. First, she posted an Instagram tagging John Oliver and Last Week Tonight with the real bunny in the white house wearing a bow tie. Instead of responding negatively to Oliver's stunt, which helped his book skyrocket to No. 1 on Amazon's best sellers chart (and eventually sell out), Charlotte bought a copy herself.

"Happy to support charities and important causes," Charlotte tweeted. 

As it turns out, Charlotte was already donating proceeds from her book to A21, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit, and Tracy's Kids, which gives young children with cancer access to art therapy.

"He's giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we're also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it," Pence told The Hill on Wednesday.

So two children's books were made, four great charities received some money, and everyone got to have a laugh along the way. 

"It doesn't have to be divisive," Charlotte Pence added. "I think that everybody can come together over Marlon."

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