VIDEO: ‘Sesame Street’ Goes After Donald Trump With Character Ronald Grump

Under the Trump administration’s proposed budget, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be one of many nonprofits across the country that would lose funding despite it making up a tiny portion of the annual federal spending. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides funding to thousands of radio and television stations in the United States, but is perhaps best known for its ties to both PBS and NPR.

And some believe the president’s disdain for public broadcasting stems from an old grudge against Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Sesame Street, everyone’s favorite group of puppets that were a part of PBS from 1969 until the show moved to HBO last year, has a history of mocking Trump with a grouch named “Ronald Grump.” As many have recently pointed out in wake of Trump’s proposed budget, Grump has been featured on the show at least three times since he was introduced three decades ago. And on each of those occasions, the show didn’t exactly make him out to be the nicest person.

Grump’s first appearance came in 1988 when he convinced Oscar the Grouch to replace his spot on the street with a building called “Grump Tower.” In exchange, Oscar got a free room in the tower and three bags of trash even though his friend tried to talk him out of the rotten deal. Oscar and Grump eventually got into an argument over pets being allowed in the “duplex can-dominium,” which almost cost Oscar 40 bags of trash – or, as he put it, his entire “trash savings” – to get out of the deal.


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