President Donald Trump criticized late night comedy shows on his Twitter Wednesday, but host Jimmy Kimmel responded saying Trump gives hosts “no choice” but to make fun of him.
“The president was tapping his tiny little fingers to weigh in on, of all things, late-night comedy shows this morning,” Kimmel said Wednesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
He began reading out Trump’s tweet and stopped in the middle to comment: “What a snowflake!”
“Jay Leno points out that comedy (on the very boring late night shows) is totally one-sided. It’s tough when there’s only one topic.” @foxandfriends Actually, the one-sided hatred on these shows is incredible and for me, unwatchable. But remember, WE are number one – President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
“I don’t want to talk about Donald Trump every night, none of us do,” Kimmel continued. “But he gives us no choice. If he sat in the White House all day quietly working on things, I would almost never mention him, because it’s not interesting.”
“Before 10:00 this morning, his former campaign chairman was sentenced to prison for the second time in a week, he called himself the most successful president in history, and he tweeted to let people know his wife hasn’t been replaced with a body double. I’m not supposed to mention that?”
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Trump has never been partial to comedians that make him the butt of their jokes. He has constantly complained about late night and award show hosts for their jokes. He’s also refused to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner where he would have had a chance for rebuttal.
This year, the White House Correspondents’ Association is ditching comedy altogether, instead inviting historian Ron Chernow to host the traditionally comedic event.
The president continued his late-night criticism on Thursday, tweeting out yet another quote from “Fox & Friends.”
The three very weak and untalented late night “hosts” are “fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer President? Will be wacky in the unemployment line.” Michael Loftus @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
Kimmel pointed out Wednesday night there was a solution to Trump’s problem.
“How about this: You stop being terrible, we’ll stop pointing it out, okay?” he joked.
“I will say, I do have to say I’m flattered he’s watching, considering the fact that we are in the middle of a national emergency.”