Donald Trump’s campaign advisor attempted to insult Joe Biden by comparing him to one of the most beloved TV characters of all time, Mister Rogers. Needless to say, that backfired.
Mercedes Schlapp, the senior advisor to Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, attempted to insult Joe Biden on Twitter during the two candidates’ dueling town halls by comparing him to beloved TV star Fred Rogers. That failed brilliantly, of course. Schlapp was treated with ridicule after tweeting that tuning into Biden’s town hall event “feels like I am watching an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” There’s one thing Twitter wanted to know: why in the world is that a bad thing?
Rogers was the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the iconic and wholesome children’s program that ran from 1968 to 2001. Rogers was known for being immensely kind, soft-spoken, and caring. He sought to help children understand serious topics and the world at large in a gentle way. Rogers died in 2003 from stomach cancer, but his legacy lives on. He was the subject of the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? as well as the 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in which he was played by Tom Hanks.