The late-night Jimmys also talk about Trump’s upcoming meeting with Kanye West, new UN ambassador and the Republican’s “Trump people to death” midterm strategy.
Both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon read Trump’s USA Today op/ed published on Wednesday and weren’t that impressed by it, unless you’re talking about mining it for their monologues.
Then they were all about it, because it was full of "factual errors," as Fallon diplomatically put it, or quite simply a "lie," if you’re Kimmel. Always more direct and passionate about political topics, Kimmel admitted right at the top that he was mad about the op/ed, before digging into some of Trump’s braggadocious claims.
Meanwhile, Fallon simply used the op/ed as fodder for a series of Trump jokes which included commentary on his upcoming meeting with Kanye West, scheduled for Thursday, and his search for a replacement United Nations ambassador. Kimmel, meanwhile, couldn’t believe that the Republican party is planning to stand so firmly behind Trump going into this midterm.
We’ll all find out in a month if that was a good strategy or not.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Kimmel was incensed about Trump’s op/ed, saying that Trump is "outrageously claiming that he kept a promise to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions."
He then read a quote from the piece where Trump wrote, "As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise, and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down."
"No, you didn’t keep that promise," Kimmel retorted. "That promise was forced on you because John McCain gave you the finger so you weren’t able to not keep that promise. That’s not keeping a promise."
He further went on to claim that while some states will see reduced premiums, "they would have gone down in all states if you and your buddies hadn’t spent the last year trying to cripple the plan we have now. This is like claiming you saved people from drowning after you put a hole in the side of the ship. It’s just a lie."
And Kimmel could not believe that the Republican Party is committed to "putting all their eggs in Daddy Donald’s basket," as he put it. According to Kimmel, a Republican campaign operative has said that their strategy is to "Trump people to death."
"Trump is telling his supporters that when you vote for Congress in November, pretend he’s the one on the ballot," Kimmel said. "That’s also what the Democrats are telling their supporters."
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Fallon, meanwhile, pointed out that a lot of people have been detailing factual errors in Trump’s op/ed, as broken down by several outlets like Politifact and The Washington Post.
Fallon claimed that he’d found a few errors himself in Trump’s report. "Turns out a pharmacist isn’t someone who works on a farm, and shingles isn’t a tube of potato chips," Fallon joked. "He got that wrong."
He then turned his attention to Trump’s upcoming agenda, including his Thursday meeting scheduled with Kanye West. "Right now a bunch of Russians are arguing over who gets to eavesdrop," Fallon said.
He also imagined the meeting itself. "It’ll be like when two toddlers interact. It looks like they’re having a conversation, but they’re not actually making any sense."
Fallon then cleverly connected Kanye’s arrival to the departure of UN ambassador Nikki Haley, saying that Trump has "narrowed down his list of replacements to five people. He’s like, ‘It’ll either be Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall or Kylie.’"
Or maybe that’s what he’s going to be meeting Kayne about! Ambassador Kanye could go to the UN and maybe finish his album there, since he’s not doing it anywhere else right now.
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