Oliver described him as an ‘ashen weasel’. | Photo: YouTube/LastWeekTonight
Each week, late night host John Oliver delivers incisive political commentary on Last Week Tonight.
This week’s topic was US Vice President Mike Pence. It’s a brutal 20-minute takedown of the VP, primarily focused on his anti-gay positions and… his pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo.
But we’ll get to Marlon later.
Oliver begins by saying Pence is the ‘exact opposite of what a silver fox is — I’m gonna go with ashen weasel’.
Old, boring contrast to Trump…
… But also dangerous.
With all the resignations and firings in the White House, it’s important to remember Pence is the only person Trump can’t fire — per the Constitution.
He’s also beloved by white, conservative, evangelicals and, according to Oliver, ‘willing to defend the indefensible’.
Oliver then lists some facts about Pence, including the op-ed he wrote criticizing the Disney film Mulan for depicting a woman in the military.
‘Perhaps the issue Pence is most associated with is his hostility to LGBT rights,’ Oliver says, citing the infamous New Yorker report.
Then Oliver runs through various speeches, quotes on campaign sites, and more detailing Pence’s homophobic record. He delivers it all meticulously with sharp wit and jabs.
However, Oliver promised to say something good about Pence and here it is: his pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo.
Bunny of the United States
Marlon Bundo is BOTUS, or the Bunny of the United States. He even has his own Instagram account.
There’s even a book about him, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President. Pence’s daughter wrote the children’s story, while his wife illustrated it.
Then Oliver reveals one of the stops of the book tour is at Focus on the Family, a conservative and anti-LGBTI Christian organization.
‘Congratulations, Pence, you even managed to ruin Marlon Bundo.’
Or has he? Oliver’s team created their own children’s book about the rabbit, titled A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, available for purchase now. Even better, a donation to The Trevor Project or AIDS United earns you a free e-book version.
The joy doesn’t stop there.
In the video, Oliver presents a sneak peek at the story, in which Marlon Bundo is gay, voiced by Jim Parsons, and falls in love with another rabbit (voiced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson). It’s as good as it sounds.