Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Trump for Wanting to Reopen the Country by Easter
“We’re all going to die so the President can eat Peeps,” Kimmel said during his nightly YouTube monologue.
MARCH 25, 2020
Working from home hasn’t dulled Jimmy Kimmel’s sense of righteous indignation one bit. On the Tuesday edition of his modified YouTube version of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the late-night host tore into President Donald Trump for suggesting the country’s workforce could head back to their jobs on Easter weekend, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
“By Easter? That’s in two-and-half weeks! Even Jesus is like, ‘Jesus! Calm down, let’s think this through.’ ” Kimmel joked. “We’re all going to die so the president can eat Peeps.”
Despite widespread evidence that Trump and his administration have botched the response to the coronavirus pandemic, a recent CBS News poll showed 53 percent of those asked thought Trump had done a good job in handling the global health crisis. “I assume these are maybe the same people who approved of the ending to Thelma and Louise?” Kimmel said on Tuesday.
The ABC host, who told Bill Simmons on Simmons’ podcast this week that he planned to resume broadcasting Jimmy Kimmel Live starting Monday on ABC following two weeks of digital-only content, wasn’t alone in pointing out Trump’s shortsightedness. On The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah also slammed the president for his stubbornness and lack of centralized leadership.
“Two-thirds of the American population hasn’t even been quarantined,” Noah noted. “People around the country have been out at bars, restaurants, and beaches the whole time. What are we reassessing after the 15 days? We’re just going to go back to normal after doing a half-assed job?”
Noah has often criticized the broader American populace for not aggressively social distancing—he slammed college students on spring break just last week. On Tuesday, he posited that a lot of people aren’t taking the pandemic seriously enough because they can’t see the virus.
“Imagine if coronavirus were zombies running through the streets right now and people were telling you, 80 zombies ate people in Washington State; 400 zombies in Italy. I could tell you now: we wouldn’t be like, ‘All right, guys, time to get back to work. We have to get back to work ASAP.’ We’d be like, ‘Okay, obviously, let’s finish the zombies before we reopen Quiznos,’” Noah joked.
Or, maybe not. Both Noah and Kimmel blasted Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for suggesting grandparents would be willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater economic good, comments that previously might have seemed over-the-top in even the most satirical dystopian movie.
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“Is this guy being serious right now?” Noah asked. “If we go back to doing nothing, the number of deaths from coronavirus could be in the millions. The problem with these numbers sometimes is that we think of them as numbers. Think of everybody in your life. If I said to you, you could lose one or two family members, would you be able to choose who? Those of you who could choose, you’re assholes. Everyone else, you know the feeling I’m talking about.”
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