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Washington Examiner: Indiana Republican Senate candidate slams John Oliver for parody book mocking the Pence family

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., who is running for Senate, slammed comedian John Oliver for releasing a parody book meant to mock the second family’s book about their pet rabbit.

“Sad to see John Oliver belittle Mike Pence faith and mock a children’s book the Pence family wrote together. More proof of how out of step media elites are with most Americans,” Messer wrote in a Facebook post.

The second family published Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President Monday, a children’s book illustrated by Second Lady Karen Pence and written by the Pences’ daughter, Charlotte, from the perspective of the second family’s pet bunny.

Oliver, who hosts the HBO show “Last Week Tonight” released his own version of the Pence book this week, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo which features the rabbit as a gay bunny, taking a jab at the vice president’s record on LGBT issues.

The publisher of the Pence book, Regnery Publishing, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner, “We are thrilled with the amazing success of Charlotte and Karen Pence’s new book – rocketing to no. 4 on Amazon in just the first day… We’d like to send a special thank you to John Oliver for all the free publicity, proving that even an attempt at smearing two lovely ladies and their pet bunny can have a silver lining.”

While the Pences’ book has risen to number four on Amazon’s bestseller list, Oliver’s book has so far outsold the Pences’ book and topped the Amazon bestseller list, taking the number one spot.

Oliver announced the profits of his book — written by Jill Twiss and illustrated E.G. Keller, an artist from the Pences’ home state of Indiana — would go to The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT youth. The proceeds will also go to AIDS United, an organization combating aids in the U.S.

Full article here.