John Oliver came to Mike Pence with a surprise book about a gay hare
The author of "Will & Grace "Max Mutchnick tweeted on Friday that he had bought a copy of John Oliver's" A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo "for each of the 1,121 public high schools in the home state of the vice president  Mutchnick tweeted an open letter to the librarian of Turkey Run Elementary School I in Parke County, in which he explained his decision.
"After hearing about the book, I brought it home and read it to my twin daughters," he wrote in the letter. "It's a poignant story of how love and community can go beyond intolerance."
"My library at middle school was something I always remembered as a safe haven," he continued. "Books allow children to dream and hope, but you know that." Indianapolis dining: Staff strike closes Tinker Street Restaurant
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During his show on March 18, Oliver said he had commissioned the book in which the Vice President's pet rabbit was gay to imitate "Marlon Bundo's Day in the Vice President's Life," a children's book
Oliver's announcement followed a section in which the comedian criticized what he called Pences anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ attitudes, his defense of false statements by President Donald Trump and Pence's earlier comments on women in the military
Oliver also highlighted Pence's support for James Dobson's Focus on the Family organization supporting sexual conversion therapy – and Pence & # 39; own attitude to gay behavior questioned onversion therapy.
There are some differences between the two books.
In Pence's book, Marlon Bundo meets with the president at the Oval Office, admires a portrait of a Hoosier artist in the vice president's office, and reads a bible verse to end a busy day.
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In Oliver's book, Marlon Bundo asks his help for friends to marrying his true love – another boy bunny – after a stink bug similar to the vice president tells him they can not marry.
Oliver said that all proceeds from the book will go to benefit the LGBT interest group The Trevor Project and Health Organization AIDS. Charlotte Pence has said that part of the proceeds of her book benefit the art therapy organization Tracy's Kids and A21, a non-profit campaign against human trafficking.
Mutschnick extended his decision on Friday in an Instagram post, criticizing the vice president's rhetoric on LGBT issues and saying that Pence uses his platform to To spread "intolerance". "
" By donating these books, I hope to counter these efforts and provide positive role models and a story of inclusion for children in Penne's home state, "Mutchnick wrote in the Instagram headline." If this book is a boy or a girl in Indiana can help them to love and accept who they are, then I know that both Marlon Bundos would be proud – even if one of them is at rock bottom. "
News to Pence & # 39; s spokeswoman became Not Returned Immediately on Friday Afternoon.
In an interview published on March 21 in The Hill's In The Know blog, Pence's daughter said she also bought a copy of Oliver's book.  "I bought his book," Charlotte Pence said, "He's giving the proceeds of the book to charity, and we're giving the proceeds of our book to charity, so we can really put everyone behind it. "
USA TODAY reporter Maureen Bullhead has contributed articles.
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