"Sesame Street" Has Parodied Trump Since the 80s

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We heard about The Simpsons predicting a Donald Trump presidency, and we've seen the huge ratings boost for Saturday Night Live since Donald Trump became POTUS. But those are both shows that you'd expect to parody Trump, or just about anyone else for that matter.

But how many people would have thought Sesame Street even engaged in parody, much less parody about Donald Trump? It's been awhile since I've watched the show (if I told you when, I'd give away my age), but a character by the name of Ronald Grump started appearing on the show in the 80s, even talking about building "Grump Tower." This was very good news for Oscar the Grouch!

There was even a Ronald Grump bit with Joe Pesci, in which Grump wanted to destroy Sesame Street and build (again) Grump Tower -- even Grump World. Check out the segment introduced by Barbara Walters, starting at the 1:15 mark.

I'm guessing that the show would never have parodied a future President had they thought a Trump presidency was even remotely possible. Seriously, who among us did? But now, as President, Trump wants to take away all federal funding for public broadcasting. It would probably impact some of the great PBS shows like "Masterpiece" (Downton Abbey, anyone?), but surprisingly NOT Sesame Street. After all, the groundbreaking children's show is now on HBO.

Check out The Hollywood Reporter's story, where they have another "Grump" video -- this time featuring Donald Grump on Grump Apprentice.

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