Mike Pence isn't seen as an incredibly tolerant figure in the world of politics...unless you visit the version of him that often strolls through Times Square, collecting money for various charities like Planned Parenthood.
If you've encountered the Times Square Pence, you likely won't forget it.
Not only is he more open and loving than his White House counterpart, he also happens to wear short shorts.
This is Mike Hot-Pence.
Mike Hot-Pence, embodied by 51-year-old graphic designer Glen Pannell, burst into public view after being photographed and profiled by Howard Sherman in 2016.
Sherman is a blogger who takes photos of Times Square performers and shares their stories online.
Pannell spoke with Buzzfeed about how, following the 2016 election, he felt he needed to do something. That's when he decided to take advantage of something many friends had surely commented on: his resemblance to the new Vice President.
"The depression kept feeding on itself so I finally decided I had to do something, and it had to be bold and immediate, something I could point to at the end of the day and say, 'Here's what I did to make change.'"
@JesusChrysler15 @kassy Oh.....my.....God!!!! I love that— Robin ⚓️🛶🍹🏖⛵️ (@Robin ⚓️🛶🍹🏖⛵️)1576274030.0
@JesusChrysler15 @kassy hahahahaha!!!!!— LuLu boom boom Roche (@LuLu boom boom Roche)1576275125.0
There are heroes in among us 😉 https://t.co/K7RWJuDZ1y— Cliff Schecter (@Cliff Schecter)1576428506.0
Hot-Pence has already collected tens of thousands of dollars for "Planned Parenthood, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Trevor Project."
😂😂 Great name. https://t.co/lzAHKNgW8E— Rockin the Boat (@Rockin the Boat)1576516839.0
Pannell's alter-ego is also active on Twitter, where you can follow the account @MikeHotPence for updates on how our spiritual VP is doing.
Mike Hot-Pence cares about the environment: collecting for @NRDC 12/4 in Union Square 11-12:45 and Times Square 1:1… https://t.co/9AnKeEVxLM— Mike Hot-Pence (@Mike Hot-Pence)1480863577.0
Hey @zola I’m available for any future “same-sex couple kissing” commercials. Oh...did I mention I look like Mike Pence? 😘— Mike Hot-Pence (@Mike Hot-Pence)1576506296.0
Pannell noted a spike in his popularity again in December 2019.
So after 3 years and $52,000 raised, I suddenly have hundreds more followers in the last 48 hours. I guess this Hot… https://t.co/RvGv5vBWaW— Mike Hot-Pence (@Mike Hot-Pence)1576425009.0
Pannell made it clear this activity was more than just a hobby.
"These are all groups and causes that suffered when Pence was in office, so I worry about them in the next few years under a Trump-Pence administration."
It’s official, I’m legally changing my name to “this gay guy.” https://t.co/HziiNIS42r— Mike Hot-Pence (@Mike Hot-Pence)1576364322.0
Still shaking my can 3 years later! https://t.co/73YCs8zmjr— Mike Hot-Pence (@Mike Hot-Pence)1576276070.0
Since Pannell has a full time job, Hot-Pence can only be found during the weekends, and will hope to find an indoor place to operate as the weather gets colder in NYC.
Pannell is confident, however, that his silly work is making a real difference.
"People want to give and they want to talk. I'm 51. I never expect anything I do to go viral online. I do understand why people respond to it. It's funny, and it's hopeful, and people need that right now."
@MikeHotPence story makes me very happy/ Everyone should follow him. https://t.co/Huc0OyS8b3— Fran Osborne (@Fran Osborne)1576517176.0
There's only one thing left to say: Mike Hot-Pence 2020.