Late night TV used to be funny, but then people like Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert made it more about politics. Case in point is what took place last night on Kimmel’s show.
On Wednesday morning, “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade slammed late-night TV personality Jimmy Kimmel for pushing his liberal healthcare agenda during his monologue on Tuesday night and calling Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy “a liar” in regards to the lawmaker’s stated goal to protect those with pre-existing conditions.
In early May, Cassidy said any legislation the Senate passes must meet what he calls the “Jimmy Kimmel test” — a reference to a speech the talk show host gave urging Congress to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions had affordable health coverage.
After announcing the latest ObamaCare repeal bill, Cassidy told reporters on Friday that states would have to show they are providing “affordable and adequate” coverage before a waiver would be granted.
Kimmel, a fierce proponent of ObamaCare, and a very close pal of Barack Obama, apparently was miffed after Kilmeade called him a member of the “Hollywood elite” for “pushing” politics. So, on Wednesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host made his displeasure with Kilmeade known by making a physical threat towards the New York native.
Claiming that the FOX host “kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman” whenever the two cross paths, Kimmel stated that Kilmeade is actually “dying” to be a member of the “Hollywood elite.”
“The reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that, I learned there are kids with no insurance in the same situation,” Kimmel explained on his show.
And then he issued a threat: “I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you.”
Kimmel went on to criticize President Trump for supporting the Cassidy-Graham bill.
“There’s no way President Trump read this bill that he says is great,” said Kimmel. “He just wants to get rid of it because Obama’s name is on it. The Democrats should just rename it Ivankacare … guaranteed he gets on board. Can you imagine Donald Trump actually sitting down to read a health care bill? It’s like trying to imagine a dog doing your taxes. It just doesn’t compute, you know?”
He also went off on Cassidy again and pointed fingers at the bill’s co-sponsors–Sen. Lindsey Graham and Gov. Chris Christie–before slamming the bill itself.
Conservative tweeter Stephen Miller (not the White House’s Stephen Miller) said Kimmel threatened to assault Kilmeade and called on his fellow colleagues in the media to stand up and defend him.
Dennis Michael Lynch, who knows Brian Kilmeade very well, said the following: “Kimmel is a pusher of all things Obama. He makes it sound as if conservatives don’t want kids to get treatments for heart issues — it’s the furthest thing from the truth. To threaten Kilmeade on national TV is a tactic straight from the manual for radicals. That said, he explained who Kilmeade is perfectly. Brian wants his own late night show and would love to be far away from Fox News, or so he told me in the past. He says Fox has got a ton of problems internally.”
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