Jimmy Kimmel Knows Why Mike Pence Couldn't Bring Himself to Attend the White House Easter Egg Roll

The Trump administration's first Easter Egg Roll was marred with controversy before it even began, so perhaps it's unsurprising the festivities themselves offered no shortage of late-night material. 

"After President Trump spent the weekend in Florida, again, golf outing number 19 since taking office, [he] made it back to the White House this morning for the annual Easter Egg Roll and for a game of pin the tiny hand on the Easter bunny's vagina," opened Jimmy Kimmel Monday night.

"This is an annual tradition that is held on the South Lawn," he continued.

"This year, the White House event attracted around 21,000 attendees, about half what the Obama events drew, or as a White House spokesman put it, about twice what the Obama events drew," Kimmel joked, a nod to Trump's brazen lies about his inauguration crowd size.

"Vice President Pence was not in attendance," he noted. "Mike Pence will not allow himself to be in the presence of a bunny if his wife isn't with him, so he went to South Korea instead."

Jokes aside, this isn't the first time the VP ducked controversy in Washington to focus on foreign policy. In February, as President Trump railed against "fake news" at CPAC, Pence met with EU Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. 


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