During his Thursday night show, Jimmy Kimmel addressed President Trump’s latest tweets targeting MSNBC, saying the conflict is ironic because “Donald Trump is a tornado of fake news.”
MSNBC falsely reported earlier this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ready to quit his job in July and had called the president a “moron.” Tillerson himself denied the story, and President Trump took to Twitter to call it “fake news” and say that it had “no verification” from him.
“The irony is,” Kimmel said, “no breathing human on the planet earth produces more fake news than Donald Trump.”
Kimmel pointed to the president’s PolitiFact rating, which shows that only five percent of the things Trump says publicly have been verified as true, while 69 percent of his statements are “mostly false, false, or ‘pants on fire’ false.”
“He’s the Michael Jordan, Elvis Presley, and Great Wall of China of fake news combined,” Kimmel stated, in his efforts to get laughs. “Donald Trump criticizing fake news is like Hugh Hefner criticizing fake breasts.”
The late-night host went on to commend MSNBC reporter Stephanie Ruhle, who pushed back against Trump’s “no verification from me” statement on-air Wednesday, saying “Sir, we didn’t need to verify that he called you a moron, he did it behind your back.”
“Round two of the rap battle goes to Stephanie Ruhle,” Kimmel quipped, obviously pleased.
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