ABC News reports:
Mr. Rogers was trending Thursday night after Mercedes Schlapp, a senior adviser for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, compared Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s town hall to the beloved show.
Schlapp was criticized for comparing the Biden to Mr. Rogers, with some calling it a “self-own” as the children’s television host was known to be patient, inclusive, and kind.
April Reign, the activist who created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, called it the “worst self-own I’ve seen this political season” especially given “the universally beloved Mr. Rogers was from Pennsylvania, where Biden was tonight.”
Schlapp recently appeared on JMG when she apologized for retweeting a video of a Trump supporter shouting the N-word.
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) October 16, 2020
This may be the worst self-own I’ve seen this political season, especially since the universally beloved Mr. Rogers was from Pennsylvania, where Biden was tonight. #BidenTownHall https://t.co/dHpCA5S1nA
— April (@ReignOfApril) October 16, 2020
Call me hopelessly old school, but I’m pro-Mister Rogers and anti-QAnon.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 16, 2020
hard to believe Trump’s losing with a crack team of advisors who think a Mr Rogers comparison is a sick burn
— shauna (@goldengateblond) October 16, 2020
Mr. Rogers never chased people around with a chainsaw shouting the N word, like the folks you retweet. That’s the truth.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) October 16, 2020
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 16, 2020