When President Donald Trump, along with Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, revealed their first federal budget blue print, the question on everyone’s mind was “What is getting cut?”
It was fairly common knowledge that the president was going to push ahead with the wall and with increased spending for the military and for Homeland Security, but that money had to come from somewhere — especially if President Trump was committed to a budget that did not increase the federal deficit.
Once the plan was revealed — showing cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, a number of United Nations programs, and PBS — another question arose on social media: what would become of Big Bird?
— DailyCaller Politics (@TheDCPolitics) March 16, 2017
Trump Budget recap. Big bird bad. War good. Art, science, music. Fake. Breathing clean air? Overrated. Tax cuts for my friends. Tremendous.
— Sheila Hamilton (@SheilaHamilton) March 16, 2017
— Cara Wilson (@caraewilson) March 16, 2017
But during a segment on Fox’s “The Five,” host Greg Gutfeld insisted that Big Bird was a big — well — bird and could fend for himself. And he put it in the bluntest terms possible:
“Priorities. Military should come before Muppets. More killing, less Kermit. More bombs, less Bert and Ernie.”
Gutfeld went on to point out that after all the licensing and toy production, PBS only accounted for about 10% of Big Bird’s revenue: “He doesn’t need government assistance. The bird is well fed.”