jcharding, on 20 March 2017 - 09:43 PM, said:
So in all likelihood, Trump wants to defund PBS because Sesame Street mocked Trump years ago.
This mirrors Trump's Hamilton criticism, which likely wasn't based on the Pence incident but rather Lin Manuel Miranda mocking Trump on SNL.
That sucks, and it's unfortunately quite common with politicians. At the state level, having interacted with a number of prominent Republicans who want to destroy public education, you never receive a well-reasoned response, i.e. "I've been examining this data for years and visiting schools for years, and my conclusions show..."
It's almost always because a politician has had one personal, negative experience with schools, either when he was in school, his kid was in school, etc., so their solution is to assume ALL schools are like that, and to wreak vengeance.