Charlotte Pence, daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, recently appeared as a guest on “The View,” where she spoke about life after the election and her new children’s book, “Marlon Bundo: A Day in the Life of the Vice President.” Charlotte has been in the limelight ever since late-night host John Oliver created a spoof version of the book in which the main character, a bunny rabbit, is gay.
While some have voiced their outrage over Oliver’s inflammatory move, 24-year-old Pence said that since the proceeds of his work are going to charity, she’s fine with it.
“I have bought his book,” she said, according to The Hill. “He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it.”
“It doesn’t have to be divisive,” she added. “I think that everybody can come together over Marlon.”
Charlotte’s new book was illustrated by her mom, Second Lady Karen Pence, and will raise money for “Tracy’s Kids” — an organization that provides young cancer patients with art therapy.
In her recent appearance on “The View,” she sat down next to host Joy Behar, who made headlines recently when she compared Mike Pence’s ability to hear from God to a mental illness. Behar later apologized for her offensive remarks.
“When your Dad was asked to take the job, did you guys sit down as a family and discuss what this was gonna mean for you? Did you have a major concern?” one of the hosts asked Charlotte.
“We did, we talked about it a lot,” she responded. “I was kinda lucky because I was the only kid living at home at the time. I got to see my parents go through the thought process. I had a lot of peace about it. I saw them pray about it a lot, just really trusting God to go down this path they felt called to.”
“Honestly, I felt really good about it and was kinda along for the ride the whole time,” she added.
Behar then asked Charlotte what she thinks is the “biggest misconception” people have about her father.
“That he has any animosity or hatred towards anyone,” Charlotte said. “He has really strong views. He’s a conservative, he’s called to public life, but he doesn’t have a bad feeling toward anyone despite his strongly-held belief.”
When the hosts called the VP “very religious,” Charlotte agreed.
“Yeah, definitely,” she said. “He became a Christian in college. His faith journey is really interesting. Ever since I’ve known him he has been [a Christian].”
Charlotte certainly held her own on a show that can become pretty heated at times, with clashing political viewpoints and big personalities.
Though Charlotte works in L.A. and spends little time engaging in the political mayhem, she says that her Father’s response to critics is always the same.
“My dad always has this line, he says, ‘That’s what freedom looks like.’ And it’s really true,” she added, according to the Hill. “At the end of the day, he’s still my dad, and my opinion of him is going to be good because I know him and I know his heart.”
(H/T: The View)