‘Sesame Street’ Has Been Mocking Trump since 1988 – Here Are the Best Moments

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Is there anything that our president can do right nowadays?

Alongside the recent tragedies that have gone down in our country, President Trump seems to be constantly under fire for something… and, let’s face it, he doesn’t often help himself, does he?

When it comes to mocking the president, TV shows and cartoons are the true winners in this game. Old-school cartoons such as The Simpsons are the best when it comes to jokes about the people running our country, but, recently, Sesame Street has creeped out of the woodworks with some classic Trump jokes that date all the way back to the 1980s.

Keep scrolling to see some of the best bits…

Or simply weren’t born in the era of Sesame Street… The TV show is an American children’s “educational” series that combines live-action, sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry.

Sesame Street first aired in 1969…

And it quickly became hugely famous and well known for its images communicated through the use of puppets. By 2018, it was estimated that eighty-six million Americans had watched the series as children.

And a staggering 4,481 episodes. Now that’s a lot of binge-watching…

Sesame Street has seen a lot of different writers.

Being a scriptwriter for this show proved to be extremely difficult and testing due to the inclusions of curriculum combined with the outside interests of children. Fifteen writers worked on the series per year, but very few lasted longer than 1 season.

Like many other cartoons and children’s TV shows, Sesame Street had its fair share of jokes for adults, and they’re recently coming back to light amidst Donald Trump’s presidency.

Even way before he was elected as President of the United States, Donald Trump was portrayed as a joke in many different TV shows and cartoons for his controversial views and argumentative attitude.

The Simpsons never held back on Trump…

The episode that was titled “The Tale of Two Trumps” aired in 2018 and mocked the president for his actions towards the White House staff, his wife, and his appearances in the media.

When the animated version of the president eventually brought himself to do this, he gasped at his reflection and said: “Oh, hello handsome!” then went on to kiss his own reflection.

Animated Trump then goes on to scold himself, saying: “No Donald! Cut it out… you’ve gotta be honest for once in your life and get one thing off your chest where you were at fault!”

It seems that The Simpsons were trying to send a message to the president…

And it’s safe to say that The Simpsons aren’t the only ones thinking this!

But archives from Sesame Street have caught America’s eye…

It turns out that the puppets of Sesame Street have been taking shots at the president for decades, and these nifty little digs appear to have begun emerging in the late 1980s.

Trump announced this in 2017 in a budget proposal, and, if his plans went through, this would include cuts to PBS and NPR – the channels that aired Sesame Street.

According to the Huffington Post, President and CEO of CPB Patricia Harrison said: “Such a decision would devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education.”

Watching back, Sesame Street made some pretty apparent and savage digs at the president.

Ronald Grump was a character who made his first appearance in 1988, and it’s safe to say, his name sounds pretty familiar.  

Or Trump Tower…?

At first glance, he didn’t look much like Trump at all. But then he convinced Oscar the Grouch to let him build Grump Tower on his lot, and even tricked him into signing a contract that required forty bags of trash – which Oscar loves, by the way – should he ever want Grump to leave.

In the 25th Anniversary episode in 1994, when Grump made his second appearance, he tried to convince the residents of Sesame Street that the changes that he was making to their neighborhood were for the better. “Hey look, I love you people,” Grump said. “You deserve some of the finer things. Trust me, you won’t miss all this.” When the other characters protested, he exploded with: “Ok, Ok, that’s it! I tried to be nice to you people! But you don’t want to listen? That’s it. You got two weeks. Pack up and leave.”

The inspiration behind the character of Ronald Grump is pretty obvious…

Watch the “Grump Tower” episode here and see for yourself!

The episode was titled “Grouch Apprentice” and it showed Grump, the puppet who had “the most trash in the world,” slowly become estranged from his fellow puppets when he began bossing them around and firing them for no reason. Ring any bells?

In the episode, Grump says: “I got so much trash I need somebody to help me sort it, and whoever I pick to be my helper gets to keep some of my very own trash! Of course, I’ll still have more trash than you do so… nyah nyah nyah nyah!”

When the unfortunate puppets protest over this unnecessary firing as “they haven’t done anything” and how “he can’t do that,” Grump simply responds: “I just did!”

President Trump has a record for cabinet turnover in a president’s first term due to the amount of staff who have been let go or dismissed from their jobs by the president.

View Grump’s appearance in the episode here…

But we hope that he’s seen what the majority of the world thinks about him and his actions, especially as he has been mocked through cartoon characters. But there is some good news for Sesame Street fans, however. Thanks to a deal that was made with HBO in 2015, Sesame Street is here to stay – much to the president’s anguish and annoyance! For more Sesame Street content, keep scrolling!