Trump Wants to Stop the Count — and 'Sesame Street' Fans Aren't Having It

Amid the post-Election Day delayed counting of the votes, President Donald Trump tweeted "STOP THE COUNT!" early Thursday morning.

As of reporting, Trump is currently trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Votes from Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska have yet to be called since many voted by mail due to the ongoing pandemic.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2020

Twitter reacted to Trump's declaration, posting pictures and gifs of The Count, the Sesame Street vampire muppet, complete with a cape and monocle. The Count, whose full name is Count Von Count, has an affinity for counting things, and loves nothing more than sharing this numerical passion with kids.

why ???? he didn’t do anything

— libby 📎 ❀ | 1 day til “ur text” (@libbypaperclip) November 5, 2020

Somebody didn’t watch the Count from Sesame Street enough as a child.

— Irelynd (@Irelynd20) November 5, 2020

We need him on a flight from Sesame Street to Nevada ASAP...

— Chico Bean (@chicoBean) November 5, 2020

Even though this isn't the "count" to which the president referred, it can't be denied that Sesame Street has historically not been much of a fan of Trump either. One user noted parodies the educational children's program did of the president when he was a real estate developer. "Sesame Street hates Donald Trump so much they did the same sketch about him gentrifying the neighborhood twice, once with Joe Pesci in a Trump wig," one wrote. Yup, you read that right.

Sesame Street hates Donald Trump so much they did the same sketch about him gentrifying the neighborhood twice, once with Joe Pesci in a Trump wig.

— colette arrand (@colettearrand) November 5, 2020

The 25th anniversary episode of Sesame Street,which originally aired in 1994, features Pesci dressed up as Ronald Grump, a developer trying to gentrify Sesame Street. He shows off his model of Grump World (a jab at Trump Tower) and tells the residents about how he believes he could improve the neighborhood.

Around the 2-minute mark of 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 this," Grump offers. "You all get shiny new apartments! You'll even get a concierge."

However, the residents of Sesame Street are uninterested, and like things the way they are. "OK OK, that's it! I tried to be nice to you people, but you don't want to listen! You got two weeks — pack up and get out!" he exclaims, threatening to evict them.

Later in the episode, he offers to knock down some of the neighborhood to make way for his luxury penthouse apartment. He calls Oscar The Grouch a "landfill brat" and tells him to "am-scray!" when soliciting potential residents.

Eventually, he tries to offer the stubborn Grouch a luxury trash can with "four bedrooms and two mud baths." But, since Oscar's trash can is located on the street, it is considered city property, and he won't budge.

Ultimately, this technicality prevents Grump from evicting the residents of Sesame Street.

Sesame Street also poked fun at Trump in 1988 featuring Grump Tower, along with in 2005 when spoofing The Apprentice.

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Muppets attend the Sesame Street Workshop 10th Annual Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 30, 2012 in New York City. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images