Just about every American alive today learned something from Sesame Street — except Donald Trump. The president’s proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for PBS and other cultural treasures that don’t glorify the Tweeter-in-Chief and therefore are failures unworthy of money he could burn on a golf trip to Florida.
Conservatives have been trying to raze Sesame Street — and other PBS mainstays like “Frontline,” “American Experience” and National Public Radio for decades, but have been unsuccessful because public broadcasting is widely popular and broadly recognized as a crown jewel of our republic.
And then there are haters, like White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who called Meals on Wheels a failure and inferred that West Virginia coal miners and Detroit single moms and their progeny are too stupid to appreciate the arts or benefit from educational programming. Here’s what Tricky Mick said while his boss was out on the links:
“When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no. We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
Ironically, Sesame Street has parodied Donald Trump in the past, using him as a symbol of the greed, arrogance, dishonesty and mean-spiritedness the show tries to steer children away from. Here’s a clip of one such skit. Watch it and ask yourself: Who would you rather have teach your kids by example — Big Bird or Donald Trump?