Amid the delayed counting of votes after election day, President Donald Trump tweeted “STOP THE COUNT!
At the time of writing, Trump is currently trailing Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Votes from Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska have not yet been called, as many have voted by mail due to the ongoing pandemic.
STOP THE COUNT!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020
Twitter responded to Trump’s explanation and posted pictures and gifs of The Count, the vampire mule from Sesame Street, complete with cape and monocle. The Count, whose full name is Count von Count, has an affinity for counting and loves nothing more than to share this numerical passion with children.
why ???? he did nothing https://t.co/zn1GLsnRC1 pic.twitter.com/bPzIZHlBpK
– libby ð â | NV GO BLUE | FRIDAY ð (@libbypaperclip) November 5, 2020
Someone didn’t see enough of the Count from Sesame Street as a child. pic.twitter.com/Cl5aRunixS
– Irelynd (@Irelynd20) November 5, 2020
We need him as soon as possible on a flight from Sesame Street to Nevada… pic.twitter.com/yENovVRuAL
– Chico Bean (@chicoBean) November 5, 2020
Even if this is not the “Count” to whom the President referred, it cannot be denied that historically Sesame Street was not a big fan of Trump either. One user noticed parodies of the educational children’s program on the president when he was a real estate developer. “Sesame Street hates Donald Trump so much that they made the same skit about him by upgrading the neighborhood twice, once with Joe Pesci wearing a Trump wig,” one wrote. Yes, you read that correctly.
Sesame Street hates Donald Trump so much that they did the same sketch about him in which he enhanced the neighborhood twice, once with Joe Pesci wearing a Trump wig. pic.twitter.com/gBWMavTbIa
– colette arrand (@colettearrand) November 5, 2020
The 25th anniversary episode of Sesame Street, originally aired in 1994, features Pesci dressed as Ronald Grump, a developer trying to upgrade Sesame Street. He shows his model of Grump World (a jab at Trump Tower) and tells residents how he believes he can improve the neighborhood.
Around the 2-minute mark on the YouTube video, Pesci appears in a suit and wig reminiscent of Trump’s. “I love you people. You deserve some of the finer things. Trust me, you won’t miss all of that,” Grump offers. “You’ll all get shiny new homes! You’ll even get a concierge.”
But the residents of Sesame Street are not interested and like things the way they are. “Okay, okay, that’s it! I tried to be nice to you, but you won’t listen! You have two weeks – pack up and leave,” he exclaims and threatens to evict you.
Later in the episode, he offers to tear down part of the neighborhood to make room for his luxurious penthouse apartment. He calls Oscar the Grumpy a “garbage dump brat” and tells him to be “am-scray!” when courting potential residents.
Finally, he tries to offer the stubborn sourpuss a luxurious garbage dump with “four bedrooms and two mud baths”. But since Oscar’s garbage can is on the street, it is considered city property, and he does not give in.
Ultimately, this formality prevents Grump from evicting the residents of Sesame Street.
Sesame Street also made fun of Trump with the Grump Tower in 1988, as it did in 2005 when he parodied The Apprentice.