If you follow political news, you know the 2016 election feels at times like satire.
But that hasn’t stopped humor publications like The Onion from lampooning the current cast of political characters. And as you might have noticed, The Onion is paying special attention to the two men vying to become the next vice president.
Let’s back up. One of the reason the choice between Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) matters — at least from a satire perspective — is whoever wins has big shoes to fill. Since 2008, The Onion has enjoyed spoofing America’s “Uncle Joe,” Joe Biden, imagining him showing up at the inauguration with a ponytail, bringing a recliner off the curb into the White House, or losing control of a butterfly knife during a commencement speech.
More recently, Biden has become a presence on The Onion’s Instagram feed. Check out two examples below:
“Listen, Barry, I need the real deal, so when you’re over there next week, snag me a few super sharp ones crafted by a master throwing star maker,” said Biden, adding that he would prefer it if the president could find a few bladed throwing weapons that had “some cool Japanese shit written on them.” #TheOnion
With this history in mind, it’s no wonder Onion writers are trying out the two current VP hopefuls. Here’s how they’ve covered Pence since he became Donald Trump’s running mate:
Confirming reports circulating in the media, members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign officially revealed Friday they have selected Indiana governor Mike Pence as a concrete reminder that this—all of this—is actually, legitimately happening. “I am honored to announce that Gov. Mike Pence will be joining the campaign [as a material indication that everything you’ve seen and heard is indeed reality],” said Paul Manafort, the chairman of the Trump campaign, declaring that the governor would bring to the Republican ticket a proven conservative record and a stark physical embodiment of the realization that the past year has not just been some crazy dream, but rather a series of actual events that is building to an honest-to-God electoral vote come November. #TheOnion
“I’d like to take a moment to share the heartbreaking story of a dear friend of mine who was tragically aborted at 21 weeks,” said Pence, pausing to compose himself while recalling how much he learned from his old companion and confidant, including an appreciation for quiet reflection and personal growth, before his close friend endured the hardship of being forcibly removed from the uterus. #TheOnion #Election2016 #RNC
In the last 10 days, they did two posts on Kaine:
Which seems like the more natural heir to the goofy Biden legacy? It’s clear The Onion thinks it is Kaine.
Check out more political and other satire at the publication’s Instagram feed.