It’s no secret the late-night talks show hosts hate President Trump.
If they aren’t parading themselves around as the moral authority on all things moral, then they’re belittling or mocking Trump and his supporters.
But when one late-night host tried to embarrass Trump supporters, it backfired in an epic way.
Jimmy Kimmel is a joke.
The anti-Trump host has been very vocal in his detest for Trump.
So with both parties currently at a stalemate involving the DACA program in exchange for money to fund the border-wall, Jimmy Kimmel attempted to humiliate Trump supporters by having them meet a true DACA recipient face-to-face.
And it backfired spectacularly.
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted a panel discussion last week featuring people who oppose the idea of amnesty for illegal aliens who currently benefit from the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The purpose of the panel was evidently not to give their views a dispassionate hearing, but rather to challenge and ridicule them. But Kimmel was in for a surprise, as amnesty opponents held their own.
Trump supporter and DACA opponent Arthur Schaper recalled at Townhall.com how ABC had approached him and other Trump supporters. “At first, I was reluctant. Kimmel uses every shame-inducing prop imaginable to attack President Trump and conservatives in general,” he wrote. But in the end, he agreed to participate in the show.
Kimmel introduced the segment by mocking the debate: “All of a sudden, [DACA] has become a polarizing issue, become a bargaining chip for this stupid wall he [Trump] wants to build.”
But the first interviews proceeded evenly, with Celeste — a Latina, legal immigrant conservative — setting a serious tone. Kimmel waited until the fourth guest, a man with a white beard, before going for his first laugh: “You don’t play Santa at the mall?” he jested.
Schaper anticipated Kimmel’s next move:
After the interviews, our team waited in the Green Room. I pondered who Kimmel was going to have us meet. “He’s going to present a child who is in this country illegally,” I imagined. Lo and Behold, Kimmel introduced us to Esmeralda, a DACA recipient brought into this country by her law-breaking illegal parents. She was seated with a baby girl in her lap.
Kimmel then asked who would like to deport Esmeralda. Half of the hands were raised.
Celeste, who did not raise her hand, said that Esmeralda should go back to Mexico and apply just as she had.
Kimmel acknowledged, “That’s a fair point,” but then introduced Michael, Esmeralda’s American fiancé, who serves in the National Guard. Kimmel went on to ask whether it was right for Esmeralda to face deportation while Michael was deployed abroad.
The bearded man then pointed out that the baby girl was a U.S. citizen and should not be deported, and added that he believed Esmeralda should go back to Mexico and work on immigrating legally, with Michael’s help. Kimmel pointed out that it could take Esmeralda ten years to return.
Then came an exchange so striking that it is amazing ABC did not leave it on the proverbial cutting room floor:
Celeste: We can agree to disagree, but I know that you will concur with me that we live in the most loving, compassionate, and exceptional country.
Kimmel: No, I don’t. I don’t agree with that. I think that this country has become cruel.
Michael then pleaded his case. When Schaper tried to respond, Kimmel said, coldly: “I’m trying to imagine you as a little boy. Yeah, I think I can.”
After more back-and-forth, Kimmel addressed Celeste: “You think they should just get married right now, right?”
“That’s a pathway to citizenship that’s already available,” Schaper pointed out.”
Jimmy seems more concerned with protecting his image as a liberal activist bully than a late night comedienne. But he’s only embarrassing himself in the process.
Maybe he should stick to his day job.