In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, Donald Trump would now like to also gut both PBS and NPR.
This should come as a shock to no one, as Trump clearly hates all public services, but that doesn’t mean it’s not disturbing.
So how exactly does he plan on doing this? According to The New York Times, his new federal budget plan, which was proposed early this morning, included completely eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as killing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is the major source of income for PBS and NPR.
The NY Times cleverly notes that this budget cut is a small fraction of the entire federal budget and will barely make a dent. Ironic, considering he plans on also increasing the military budget significantly. So, how exactly is this going to lead to the tax cuts he promised? It’s not.
The GOP has long had a hatred for PBS and particularly for the beloved children’s show Sesame Street. This is especially true given recent news when the TV show was named a finalist in the MacArthur Foundation grant competition in which Sesame proposed a plan to help refugees worldwide get access to education. (Because we all know the republican party hates refugee children, am I right?)
Hilariously enough, Sesame Street actually roasted Trump back in the 80s with their character Ronald Grump, who tried to steal Oscar the Grouch’s trash can to build Grump Towers. LOL!
Unfortunately, Ronald Grump has no plans to return to the street anytime soon, but maybe with the latest budget cut plans, he’ll make a special guest appearance.
Sesame Street recently moved to HBO, but still airs new episodes on PBS, just a few months later.
Check out Ronald Grump’s appearance on Sesame Street in 1988 below.