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Even Trump voters want PBS to stay on the air

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Back in the carefree days of 2012, a young boy named Mitt Romney dreamed of a world where a rich guy could be president, and he actually tried moderately hard to make that dream a reality. Unfortunately, his campaign was beset by various scandals that seem utterly adorable today, like when he suggested defunding PBS so he could save the tiny, tiny, tiny amount of money that the government spends on public broadcasting every year. People got outraged that he was trying to kill Big Bird and the other folks on Sesame Street, and then Romney lost the presidency.

Now, though, we’ve got an even more out-of-touch idiot in the White House, and he’s once again suggesting that gutting PBS would be a good way to make up some of the money he’s planning to spend on stupid bullshit (walls, bombs, tape for his neckties) over the next four years. Unfortunately for Trump, it turns out that nobody thinks that’s a good idea. According to a joint study conducted by Republicans at American Viewpoint and Democrats at Hart Research Associates (via The Hollywood Reporter), 73 percent of American voters don’t support cutting funds to PBS. The results are a little different if you split it by party lines, but still 62 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats don’t want PBS to lose funding.


That makes this the first time in months that the majority of U.S. voters have agreed on something, with the last time being when the majority of U.S. voters cast their ballots in favor of Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if this will actually convince Trump not to gut PBS, the National Endowment For The Arts, or the National Endowment For The Humanities, but even he probably has no idea what he’s going to do on any given day.

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