Earlier this week, John Oliver released a book about Mike Pence’s bunny Marlon Bundo entitled A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
The children’s book tells the story of Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy bunny and then being told by a stink bug – who looks a lot like Pence – that two boys can’t get married.
Oliver’s book was a response to the Pence’s book, Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte, 24. The bunny isn’t gay in that book.
“It doesn’t have to be divisive,” Charlotte said. “I think that everybody can come together over Marlon.”
She said that she likes that Oliver is giving the proceeds from his book to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. “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,” she said.
She stressed that she understands what those charities are and that she wants to support them. “I also want to support those charities — I really mean that.”
Oliver released his children’s book as a way to bring attention to Pence’s history of anti-LGBT policies and statements, including supporting conversion therapy as a way to stop HIV/AIDS, signing legislation that created a “religious exemption” to the law for businesses, and saying that marriage equality would lead to “societal collapse.”
He also has close ties with anti-LGBT hate groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, which he has been promoting as vice president.
Charlotte said that she understands that criticism of her father is “what freedom looks like,” but didn’t say if she disagreed with his positions on LGBT issues.
Happy to support charities and important causes 👍🏻 https://t.co/97yHSFk7mZ
— Charlotte Rose Pence (@charlipence) March 21, 2018