Opinion: John Oliver’s satirical book targets the wrong people

Posted on Apr 3 2018 - 5:55am by Reagan Meredith

Marlon Bundo, Vice President Mike Pence’s family’s bunny, is sweeping the nation and upsetting the left.

Charlotte Pence, Pence’s daughter, wrote a book titled “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.” The children’s book, illustrated by Charlotte’s mother, Karen, details a fictional day in the life of Marlon Bundo, pet rabbit of the vice president.

The concept of the book is to educate children about what the job of the vice president of the United State entails, because who actually knows what the vice president does on a daily basis?

In the book, Marlon Bundo, or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States), follows Pence around for a day. BOTUS visits the Oval Office, the Senate, the vice president’s office and the telescope at the Naval Observatory. When his long day is over, Marlon Bundo joins Pence in reading the Bible and praying before bed.

John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” has made a particular amount of noise about the subject. The unamusing and lackluster host seemed very upset that Marlon Bundo was getting so much attention.

During the March 17 airing of his show, Oliver expressed his dismay at the vice president’s politics and values, falsely noting that Pence supports gay conversion therapy.

Toward the end of his misleading monologue about Pence’s positions and folding in Evangelical voters to blast Christianity, Oliver turned to Charlotte Pence’s book.

Oliver reached behind his desk and pulled out a book called “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” that has its rather obvious differences compared to Pence’s book. Oliver’s book is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another male rabbit.

Oliver published his book the day before Charlotte Pence’s book came out and encouraged people to buy it in an unbecoming way: “Selling more books than Mike Pence will probably really piss him off.”

Moreover, Oliver said, “Buy it for your children, buy it for any child you know or just buy it because you just know that it would annoy Mike Pence.”

To make matters even more unseemly, the website for his book is named betterbundobook.com.

The only thing Oliver accomplished – other than confirming that he is not funny – is exposing again how the left’s identity politics shape its opinions.

Oliver is unforgiving in bashing Pence’s book because he does not like the vice president’s politics, even though Mike Pence did not write the book.

Charlotte Pence is an innocent victim of Oliver’s onslaught of her father. Pence’s book was meant to introduce the vice president’s office, maybe for the first time, to children, but Oliver made it into a social issue because of his extreme tribalist tendencies.

Charlotte Pence took the higher ground, however, and bought his book.

This is proof that the left’s first priority is to bash the right and anybody associated with it.

I encourage everybody to go out and buy Charlotte Pence’s book.

Reagan Meredith is a sophomore political science major from Monroe, Louisiana.