John Oliver’s Mike Pence-trolling book “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” topped the Amazon chart of best-selling books on Tuesday, outselling “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen, which is at No. 4.
Oliver’s book tells the story of Marlon Bundo (the Pence family's pet rabbit) meeting and falling in love with another boy bunny, then defeating a stink bug who doesn’t believe boy bunnies should marry. It sold out of its first printing, but a second printing is being rushed to take advantage of its popularity, Deadline reported.
The vice president’s daughter and wife are touring this week for their book. Oliver, who hosts “Last Week Tonight,” appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday to promote his book.
Proceeds for both books are being donated to charity, Vanity Fair reported. Pence’s book proceeds are going toward a A21, which fights human trafficking, and Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for kids with cancer. Oliver’s, on the other hand, are going to the LGBTQ-friendly Trevor Project and AIDS United.
“It’s unfortunate that anyone would feel the need to ridicule an educational children’s book and turn it into something controversial and partisan,” Pence's book's Regnery Publishing told CNN on Monday. “Ours and Mrs. Charlotte Pence’s goal is — and will continue to be — to educate young readers about the important role of the vice president, as well as to highlight the charities to which portions of the book proceeds will be donated.”
Oliver plugged his own book on his show. “Please buy it for your children, buy it for any child you know, or just buy it because you know it would annoy Mike Pence,” Oliver said. “You would be doing a nice thing in a really dickish way, and isn’t that the dream at the end of the day?”
There were plenty of opinions about both books on Twitter.
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