Mr. Rogers, the iconic children’s program host trends on top of social media on Thursday.
Mr. Rogers once again caught up in politics after Mercedes Schlapp, a senior adviser for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, compared Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s town hall to the iconic show.
“Feels like I am watching an episode of Mister Rodgers [sic] Neighborhood,” she wrote in a now-viral tweet. Though she misspelled TV icon Fred Rogers’ last name.
Her comments were more than enough to spark a dialogue on social media about the legacy of Fred Rogers, the late host of the long-running children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Soon Twitter timeline was filled with tweets criticizing Schlapp for comparing Biden to Mr. Rogers.
Many Trumpsters seem to have the same anti-social tendencies – they loathe anyone who is actually nice, sincere, honest and knowledgeable. They feel threatened by the decency of such people.— MURRAY🧢 (@murray_nyc) October 16, 2020
Great, Mr. Rodgers was a decent man as well as Joe Biden.— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) October 16, 2020
This may be the worst self-own I’ve seen this political season, especially since the universally beloved Mr. Rogers was from Pennsylvania, where Biden was tonight. #BidenTownHall https://t.co/dHpCA5S1nA— April (@ReignOfApril) October 16, 2020
In these times to be mockingly compared to Mr Rogers shows just how much we need to push the reset button. When did we start looking down our noses at kindness and empathy? To be compared to Mr Rogers should be a badge of honor. Let’s rethink what we emulate & what is truly cool. https://t.co/mDyoZt72By— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 16, 2020
What’s both funny and sad about Mercedes Schlapp bashing Mr. Rogers is that she perfectly represents the broken Trumpian view that his kind of caring, disciplined message is weakness when, in fact, it requires infinitely more strength than Trump’s petulant, incoherent ranting.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 16, 2020
Conservatives dislike Mr. Rogers because he taught empathy which is counter to their platform.— Crutches&Spice ♿️ : Rude For A Disabled Person (@Imani_Barbarin) October 16, 2020
Mr. Rogers sued the Klan (and won!) because they were using his likeness to recruit kids. Mr. Rogers was not an apolitical figure. https://t.co/XL5srUreFd— Ms. Charlotte (@charlotteirene8) October 16, 2020
Raise your hand if you would vote for Mr. Rogers for President 🖐— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) October 16, 2020
wait wait wait, the Mr. Rogers thing is supposed to be an insult?— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) October 16, 2020
Mr. Rogers wouldn't let 250k Americans die.— I Smoked The Secret Service's Sense Of Humor (@Dknight10k) October 16, 2020