GOP Senate candidate attacks John Oliver as 'out of touch' over gay rabbit book
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A Republican lawmaker from Vice President Pence's home state is hitting HBO host John Oliver over the "Last Week Tonight" host's release of a children's book spoofing one about the Pence family rabbit.

Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE (R-Ind.) wrote in a post that it was "sad to see" the HBO host "belittle Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceRNC to host winter meetings at Trump's Doral resort Two dead, at least four others hospitalized in Southern California high school shooting Human rights: Help or hindrance to toppling dictators? MORE's faith and mock a children's book the Pence family wrote together."

Oliver's book, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo," features the Pence family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, meeting a fellow male rabbit before being told (to their dismay) by a stink bug that boys must marry girls.

“There are a few small differences between the two books. You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that,” Oliver said on his show Sunday, after criticizing Pence sharply on LGBT issues. “Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit, because our Marlon Bundo is gay.”


The book spoofs “A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony MORE, which made it to No. 5 on the Amazon bestseller list this week.

Oliver's book was the No. 1 bestseller Monday afternoon, passing former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDay one impeachment hearings draw 13.1M viewers, down 32 percent from Comey hearings There are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra Trump has considered firing official who reported whistleblower complaint to Congress: report MORE's unreleased book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

Messer, who is running for Senate against incumbent Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D) in the state Pence represented as governor for four years, did not take the joke in stride.

"More proof of how out of step media elites are with most Americans," he wrote on Facebook.

Pence, a conservative Christian, is a top target of the LGBT community. Last month, he was called out by the first two openly gay U.S. Olympians.