Jimmy Kimmel rips Trump after getting death threats from MAGA supporters following Pence gaffe
"Apologizing to the Trump administration for spreading untruth is like apologizing for Barry Bonds for using steroids. It's hard. But the outrage from the MAGA hats, the outpouring of venom, was disgusting," Kimmel said
After offering a sarcastic apology to Vice President Mike Pence for erroneously airing edited footage of him offering to carry empty boxes of protective medical equipment to a nursing home just for the sake of publicity on the show last week, Jimmy Kimmel is now bashing President Donald Trump following death threats from MAGA supporters.
The existing Twitter feud between the host of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' and POTUS escalated when Trump called Kimmel's monologue "fake news" from his "last place" talk show. The late-night talk show host responded simply by saying, "Go make Melania brunch."
On his monologue on Monday's show, Kimmel said: "Apologizing to the Trump administration for spreading untruth is like apologizing for Barry Bonds for using steroids. It's hard. But the outrage from the MAGA hats, the outpouring of venom, was disgusting."
He added that outrage directed at him for the mistake “was disgusting. Stupid, too, but mostly disgusting." He especially condemned the personal attacks on his family, slamming “these people who blindly pledge their allegiance to Donald Trump instead of this country” and for their hypocrisy, which “runs so deep they don’t even seem to be aware of it anymore. It’s like when an Uber driver wears too much cologne.”
Kimmel continued, saying that it was "the strangest Mother's Day ever" as "lunatics" wished death on him and his family as the comments section of the edited clip that he had posted on his Twitter feed - and has since been deleted - filled up with "hateful sometimes violent" responses.
The clip in question was filmed while Pence was photographed delivering boxes of PPE to Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Centre in Alexandria, Virginia, on behalf of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, amid the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
After making fun of the fact that the VP failed to wear a face mask himself while carrying loads of PPE to the medical center, on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Thursday, May 7, the host moved on to air a clip where Pence seemed unaware of the fact that his words were being recorded via hot mic.
After the VP removed various boxes from the van to the doorstep of the hospital, he turned back for one final run when he was informed by his staff member that the rest of the boxes inside the vehicle were empty. Pence responded: "Well can I carry the empty ones, just for the camera?"
The clip was mocked by Kimmel as he made it sound like Pence was deliberately pulling a PR stunt with the empty boxes. "Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPE into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is, and what he's doing. A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing," Kimmel said.
Jon Thompson, Pence's campaign communications director, accused Kimmel of selectively using the edited footage for his show. "This is absolute garbage spread by @JimmyKimmel Pence is clearly joking about empty boxes and if Kimmel showed the full clip from CSPAN, not the one he selectively edited, you see and hear it," he tweeted.
Kimmel did issue something of an apology on Twitter following the accusation but with a snark comment of his own. "It would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth," he wrote.
However, Thompson kept on tweeting about Kimmel's mistake and also dropped him an email saying that he needed to apologize on air because "this is what they’re thinking about while thousands of Americans are dying every day: jokes from late-night talk show hosts.”
Kimmel obliged adding in his Monday's monologue, saying, “it was my mistake, I do apologize to the vice-president again for spreading misinformation about him – spreading misinformation is their thing and I stepped on their toes."
But Kimmel, being Kimmel, turned the tables on his apology. “Now that I’ve done that, I’d like the vice-president, since he asked me to apologize, to ask his boss, who lies every time there isn’t a McNugget in his mouth, to apologize for the following perversions of decency and democracy,” Kimmel said.
"We would like an apology for separating thousands of migrant children from their parents, inviting the Taliban to Camp David, siding with Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence, calling Neo-nazis 'very fine people,' using campaign money to pay off a porn star, mocking a 16-year-old climate activist," he added before delving into how poorly Trump had handled the coronavirus crisis.
He also went after the president for dedicating his time and energy for slamming him instead of focusing on the health crisis at hand. “So, anyway, this is what the White House is working on and thinking about right now,” Kimmel said. “This really is the dumbest time to be alive.”