Jimmy Kimmel has criticised Donald Trump on numerous occasions, over subjects such as gun control, racism, and health care. Last night (5 October), the late-night comedian took Trump to task over Twitter and fake news.
“President Trump is anything but jolly today,” Kimmel said. “He is still fuming about this Rex Tillerson story.”
The host was referring to a story currently circulating claiming the Secretary of State wanted to resign earlier this year and referred to the President as a “f**king moron”.
Trump has Tweeted multiple times about the story, Tillerson even holding a press conference to deny wanting to resign (but failing to mention the ‘f**king moron’ quotes).
Kimmel then brought up Trump’s next morning Tweet, reading: “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!”
“I guess he’s moved on from Puerto Rico and Las Vegas,” Kimmel smirked to much laughter. “The Senate Intel Committee, by the way, are looking into the fake news stories the Russians made up to help him win the election.”
He continued: “The other irony is not one breathing human on the planet earth produces more fake news than Donald Trump.”
Kimmel then pointed to Politifact, the American non-partisan fact-checking organisation, which found that people only believe 5% of the thing coming out of Trump’s mouth are true. “More than two thirds, 69%, are either mostly false, false, or Pants On Fire false.”
The Washington Post have published a fact-checking report on Trump’s claims, finding that the President of the United States has made 1,145 claims that are false or misleading.
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“That’s just the stuff he says in public,” says Kimmel. “Donald Trump is a tornado of fake news. He’s the Michael Jordan, Elvis Presley, and Great Wall of China of fake news combined. Donald Trump criticising fake news is like Hugh Hefner criticising fake breasts.”
Meanwhile, Kimmel recently made an emotional plea to congress asking for improved gun control following the devastating Las Vegas shooting that at least 59 people dead and over 500 injured.
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