It can be said that Fred Rogers, who passed away in February of 2013, is having himself a cultural moment. This past weekend a movie starring Tom Hanks, called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, premiered in theaters. The film is a tribute to Roger’s life and legacy.
As both a television presenter and Presbyterian Minister, Rogers largely stayed out of politics. In a recent interview with the LA Times, though, his widow made her political affiliation known. Joanne Rogers told the paper that she will be voting for whoever opposes Donald Trump.
Joanne Rogers first discussed her husband’s political stance, saying, “He was very independent in the way he voted, but he just didn’t talk about it because he didn’t want to lose the children.”
She then said that the current climate has made her much more politically active. She continued, “Trump changed it. And I want to vote for whoever is going to beat Trump.”
Joanne also weighed in on another political figure, former Vice President Joe Biden. After revealing her affinity for hugs, she said, “I felt so badly for [Joe] Biden when they were going at him about hugging. I said, ‘My gosh, I hug everybody.’ I know lots of men who hug people. He’s an old man. He’s a hugger from way back.”
It is likely that people will be hearing more about Fred and Joanne Rogers in the future. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a runaway hit and Tom Hanks has been garnering plenty of Oscar buzz.