Joe Biden has been compared to Mr Rogers by a Trump campaign advisor but their comments about Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood have supposedly backfired.
At the time of writing, there are a matter of days left until the final day of the 2020 presidential election.
Early voting has already begun in some areas as people are keen to have their voices heard in what is being billed as the most important US election in recent memory.
As ever, the war of words between candidates and their respective campaigns escalates with each passing day but last night (October 15th), during Biden and Trump’s respective town hall events, Joe Biden received an unexpected piece of criticism.
Mercedes Schlapp, an advisor to the Trump campaign, compared Joe Biden’s town hall event to “an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” but the apparent criticism has actually been labelled a compliment by many and has also prompted comparisons between Trump and notable figures from TV.
Trump advisor compares Joe Biden to Mr Rogers
On the evening of October 15th, in place of the originally scheduled presidential debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden took part in separate but rival town hall debates, taking questions from members of the public.
While Donald Trump appeared on NBC at Miami’s Perez Art Museum, Joe Biden took to the stage on ABC at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
But during the event, Joe Biden received an unexpected piece of criticism from Mercedes Schlapp, an advisor to the Trump campaign.
Schlapp took to Twitter and compared Joe Biden’s town hall debate to “an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and judging by the reaction to the comment, it’s not had the desired effect.
If Biden is Mr Rogers, what does that make Trump?
Mr Fred Rogers was a long time hero of American television and his show, Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 until 2001, was beloved by all and was famed for promoting kindness, warmth and the ability to make anyone feel at home.
If that’s what Mercedes Schlapp has to say about Joe Biden, then it doesn’t bode well for the Trump campaign.
As well as being seen as a compliment, Schlapp’s comment has also prompted further comparison, this time between Donald Trump and other stars of TV’s past.
One Twitter user commented on Schlapp’s post, saying: “Trump’s Town Hall is like what would happen if you could combine Archie Bunker [All in the Family] and Boss Hogg [Dukes of Hazzard] and let them ramble for an hour about their knowledge of world events.”
Daily Beast, meanwhile, compared Donald Trump to “someone’s crazy uncle,” a comparison that echoed the words of Savannah Guthrie who interviewed Trump during his town hall event.
When responding to Trump’s comments about retweeting a bogus conspiracy theory, suggesting Joe Biden had SEAL Team Six killed, Guthrie said: “I don’t get that. You’re the president—you’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever!”
The 2020 presidential election concludes on November 3rd and early voting has already begun in some areas.