Comedian and ‘chillest dude’ Jim Gaffigan snaps over Trump and the RNC: ‘Wake up’

‘The president made Jim Gaffigan, the chilliest dude, snap completely,’ writer Roxane Gay observed

Roisin O'Connor
Friday 28 August 2020 17:30
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Comedian Jim Gaffigan has gone on an extraordinary tirade against Donald Trump, following the US president’s speech at the Republican National Convention this week.

Writer Roxane Gay observed of the usually apolitical Gaffigan: “The president made Jim Gaffigan, the chilliest dude, snap completely.”

“Look Trumpers I get it. As a kid I was a cubs fan and I know you stick by your team no matter what but he’s a traitor and a con man who doesn’t care about you,” Gaffigan wrote.

“Deep down you know it. I’m sure you enjoy pissing people off but you know Trump is a liar and a criminal.”

The 54-year-old asked anyone against ”snobs and elites” to question why they would then support figures such as Ivanka Trump or Jared Kusher.

“Do you think they’ve ever done a real days work in their lives. Wake up,” he said.

Gaffigan dismissed followers who told him he was “destroying his career” and told them to “wake up”.

“If trump gets elected, the economy will never come back... You know he lies. Constantly,” he said. “Yet you dont care? [sic] What because he insults people that make you and me feel dumb? Remember everything Trump accuses the Democrats of he’s guilt of. Dont let the socialist name calling distract you from the fact he is a fascist who has no belief in law.”

Evidence of just how reserved Gaffigan usually is arrived when his wife, Jeannie, scolded him for using the expletive, “f***”.

Responding to accusations of being another of the “Hollywood elite”, Gaffigan tweeted: “Can we stop with this HOLLYWOOD shit. I’m not from Hollywood and Hollywood is just a town.

“Please say coastal elites (which Trump, Jared and Ivana are) Maybe people on the east and west coasts have different values from yours but they dont like liars and con men like trump.”

A number of high-profile figures lauded Gaffigan’s remarks on social media and rejoiced over his “stern dad tone”.

“Good job, MAGA, you broke Jim Gaffigan,” tweeted writer Holly O’Reilly. “I hope you’re happy, because I sure am. It’s about f***ing time, Jim. Welcome to the resistance.”

Mike Birbiglia said: “I know so many entertainers who stay out of discussing politics and don’t speak their mind about the corruption we’re witnessing in the White House because it’s bad for business. My hat is off to @JimGaffigan.

“We all have to stand up to the incompetent bully in the White House.”

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