Oh, I like her.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
“Fred tried to stay pretty quiet about politics, basically because his program was for children,” Joanne Rogers said.
She is under no such constraints herself.
“I’m alone now,” she said. “I don’t do a program for children.”
She made clear her feelings about Trump: “I think he’s just a horrible person.”
She did not hesitate to say how she will react if Trump is re-elected.
“I will probably go into mourning,” she said. “I can’t even imagine. I would feel so badly.”
She was asked why she feels as she does about our current president.
“I think maybe the fact that Mr Trump seldom tells the truth,” she said. “If he does, it’s just a fluke, I think. But the fact [is] that I can’t believe anything he says, not even the simplest thing.”
She was speaking what she feels is the simple truth when she said, “This man is pathologically ill. Mentally ill.”
As much as she dislikes and distrusts Donald Trump, her feelings about Joe Biden are just the opposite:
“I am a very big Biden fan,” she said.
Biden strikes her as not only honest, but also something else that is sorely needed in these terrible times.
“I think he’s kind,” Joanna Rogers said. “I think we all need somebody like Biden who can give us little pats on the back.”
She was not happy when people criticized Biden for giving too many hugs.
“I said, ‘Listen, I understand that completely, I’m a hugger, and I would certainly want a hug from him,’” she told The Daily Beast.
And, being 92, she is not troubled by Biden’s age.
“Seventy-seven seems still pretty young to me,” she said.
I actually had a conversation with somebody about a week ago and we wondered out loud how Mr. Rogers would have dealt with Donald Trump.
We both agreed that it would be unlikely that he would mention Trump by name, or publicly chastise him for the things that he is doing.
But I suggested that he might have included a plea for people to be kinder to each other and urged them to research the things they hear rather than to accept them on face value even if the source were somebody they admired.
And of course, he would be offering guidance to all of his fans about how to wear their masks properly.
On a personal level, I think Fred Rogers would be suffering along with all of us and hoping for an end to the kind of incivility that seems to have taken over our discourse.
All I know is that we could certainly use a Mr. Rogers right now.