In his opening monologue Wednesday night Kimmel continued to wade into the health care political debate attacking those who criticized him and threatened violence.
Earlier this week there has been a push from Republicans to pass a version of their healthcare plan by September 30th or the bill will be suspect to the filibuster. During the week one of the co-sponsors of the bill Sen. Cassidy claimed his bill passed the ‘Kimmel Test.’
Over the summer the initial Republican healthcare plan was accused of not protecting people with pre-existing conditions and Mr. Kimmel spoke out about how it would affect his son due to a medical illness.
Well, Mr. Kimmel on Tuesday night attacked the Senator saying:
So last night on our show, a senator from Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, I took him to task for promising to my face that he would oppose any health care plan that allowed insurance companies to turn people with pre-existing conditions away, and any health-care plan that had an annual or lifetime cap on how much they would pay out for medical care,” said Kimmel on Wednesday.
“He said anything he supported would have to pass what he named ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Test,’ which was fine, it was good, but unfortunately—and puzzlingly—he proposed a bill that would allow states to do all the things he said he would not let them do. He made a total about-face, which means that he either doesn’t understand his own bill, or he lied to me. It’s as simple as that,” he added.
Senator Lindsey Graham who also sponsored the current bill responded:
Also, Fox & Friends Brian Kilmeade responded to Kimmel statements as well, the Daily Beast reports:
Brian Kilmeade, co-host of President Trump’s favorite news source, who remarked, “Sunday’s politically charged Emmys may have been the lowest-rated in history, but that’s not stopping Hollywood elites like comedian Jimmy Kimmel from pushing their politics on the rest of the country.”
Well apparently Kimmel couldn’t handle the assault and said on his show:
Thanks, Brian. That was Brian Kilmeade. And the reason I found this comment to be particularly annoying is because this is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman,” said Kimmel. “He’s such a fan. I think he’s been to the show, he follows me on Twitter, he asked me to write a blurb for his book—which I did, he calls my agent looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the ‘Hollywood elite.’ The only reason he’s not a member of the ‘Hollywood elite’ is that no one will hire him to be one!”
“And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that, I’ve learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation,” shared Kimmel. “I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That is my blurb—that would be my blurb for your next book: ‘Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.’”
Now, I understand that Mr. Kimmel is very emotional about this topic due to the ordeal he has gone through with his son. We aren’t just saying that either, having a child go through something like that no matter who you are or how much money you have takes a lot out of you. Health is the great equalizer no matter how rich or poor while your child is in the operating room you are all sitting in the same waiting room. No doubt he is trying to advocate for those he feels will be negatively affected. However, when you have a nationally televised show, and you wade into politics expect criticism. Threatening violence is no way to win people over to your side it just continues to drive a wedge.
You can watch his comments below:
Source: Daily Beast