Mr. Rogers was trending on social media Thursday evening and Friday morning after Mercedes Schlapp, senior adviser for President Trump’s reelection campaign, drew a comparison between Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s town hall to “an episode of Mister Rodgers [sic] Neighborhood.”

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Schlapp was presumably criticizing the vastly different flavors of the dueling town halls; Trump supporters immediately accused NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie of "ambushing" the president while positing that ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos took it easy on Joe Biden.

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In response, people shared a couple of paradigmatic Mr. Rogers clips—particularly his 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy's acceptance speech, and his 1969 Senate testimony to stop public television budget cuts. (Subcommittee Chairman Sen. John O. Pastore was so moved, he elected to not cut the budget.)

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Schlapp, who misspelled the TV icon's last name, was swiftly dragged for insinuating that Mr. Rogers' qualities are in any way a bad thing.

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As a reminder: Mr. Rogers' widow, Joanne Rogers, called Donald Trump "a horrible person" and "pathologically ill" in a recent interview with The Daily Beast.

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*First Published: October 16, 2020, 5:33 am