Late-night television show host Jimmy Kimmel compared the election of President Donald Trump to the murder acquittal of O.J. Simpson, claiming Sunday that every decision Trump has made in office is “bad, bad, bad.”
“The closest thing I can compare it to is when O.J. got acquitted. It never occurred to me that it might happen. There was so much overwhelming evidence that O.J. was guilty, and you believe in the American judicial system,” Kimmel told New York Magazine. “You believe that, for the most part, if somebody did it, they’re going to prison for doing it. We’re in a similar situation: Everything Donald Trump is doing and undoing is bad, bad, bad, and it seems so obvious, and it’s happening anyway.”
Conservative viewers have derided Kimmel in recent months for becoming increasingly political. He has used his show’s platform throughout 2017 to push gun control and left-leaning healthcare policies and claims he won’t miss any of the conservative viewers he alienates by doing so.
“I think I’ve alienated more people than I’ve brought on board. But what I thought was important was telling the truth,” Kimmel told the magazine. “There are certain things I don’t understand, and the idea that Americans wouldn’t want to take care of each other when they’re sick is one of them. The idea that our politicians would let the gun lobby tell them what to do is another.”
Kimmel went onto say that his outspoken political stances have brought him many other lobbyists who want him to advocate for their issues.
“I’m overwhelmed with requests to speak or be honored. It’s always weird to say, ‘No thank you, I don’t want to be honored.’ But if I were to do all of that stuff, I would never see anyone in my family ever again,” he said.
“It’s funny, I was at Bruce Springsteen the other night, and this guy comes up and asks me to host a charity event. I thought, ‘He didn’t think of me till he saw me sitting there in the theater.’ It’s almost insulting in a way. Like, ‘Jimmy Kimmel’s over there. I’ll ask him to host.’ He just saw me and thought he’d throw the lasso. I get that a lot,” he added.
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