Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel devoted his Thursday evening monologue to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford. Referring to the reaction of some Americans to Ford’s testimony about the sexual assault she allegedly suffered at the hands of Kavanaugh in the 1980s, Kimmel said, “People were crying in front of their televisions so hard you’d have thought Milo Ventimiglia got killed by a Crock-pot.”

Referring to the decision by Senate Judiciary Commitee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s decision to defer Republican questioning to Arizona prosecutor Rachel Miller, Kimmel said, “In fact, they were too scared to even question her,” Kimmel noted. “They hired a surrogate” in the form of a female prosecutor from Arizona.

Kimmel said of Grassley’s decision, “Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, didn’t like the optics of 11 men questioning this woman. So one of his aides suggested, ‘Why don’t you hire a female lawyer to ask the questions?’ And Grassley was like, ‘There are female lawyers?!'”

While Miller questioned Ford, she did not question Kavanaugh too. “But, all of the sudden she disappeared. Like Roseanne on The Conners,” Kimmel snarked. He suggested that Ford was an exceptionally believable witness as she answered Miller’s questions and that she was polite, likeable, well-spoken. Kimmel observed, “it was striking to see someone questioned before the Senate who actually answered questions” and added, “I think that’s a first.”

Referring to Kavanaugh’s impassioned defense of his integrity and reputation, Kimmel said, “Then Brett Kavanaugh sat down and delivered an impassioned, 45-minute speech, delivered like a frat out of Hell.” Referring to the criticisms of the Democrats mounted by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said that Democrats had sought to “destroy” Kavanaugh, Kimmel said, “In particular, Lindsey Graham who, once Ford was safely out of the room, warned Democrats that,in future, they’d better watch out for their Supreme Court nominees. “As if Merrick Garland [Barack Obama’s 2016 Supreme Court nominee] isn’t out there somewhere judging a dog show right now,” Kimmel responded to Graham. “And once he got some camera time, someone must have told Lindsey that Donald Trump was watching, because he lit up like someone left a thumbtack on Liberace’s piano bench,” Kimmel added.

President Trump did not tweet during the hearing, but tweeted afterwards that Kavanaugh’s testimony was “powerful, honest, and riveting.”
Donald Trump Jr. did tweet during the hearing. Kimmel commented, “DJTJ, Donald Trump Junior, weighed in on the hearing as it was happening with a number of idiotic comments, including his expert opinion on what he perceives to be inconsistencies when it comes to Dr. Ford’s fear of flying,” Kimmel snickered.

Trump Jr. tweeted, “I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying. Can’t do it to testify, but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.” This was in reference to a question fielded by prosecutor Miller who noted that Ford had claimed fear of flying as a reason not to fly to Washington D.C. for an interview with Senate staff. During the hearing, Ford told Miller that she had indeed flown widely, including to overseas destinations over the last 30 years. Kimmel responded to Trump Jr. “You’re not a psychology professor,” Kimmel said. “You’re a dull-witted human canker sore who shoots baby hippos out of Daddy’s helicopter because it’s the only way he can get an erection.”

“Go rub a tub of Axe Extreme Hold Hair Gel onto your empty head you chinless son of a Circus Peanut. Could there be a dumber thing to be than Donald Trump Junior?”

On Monday, Kimmel suggested on his show that he can live with seeing Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court, but only if Kavanaugh’s “pesky penis” is cut off in public. On Tuesday evening, Kimmel appeared at a gala fundraiser in Hollywood to raise money for progressive Democrat Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It used to be when you’re a late-night talk show host the prevailing wisdom was don’t take a side, it isn’t worth it, you’ll lose have your audience. Your job is to stay neutral and make fun of everyone,” Kimmel said. “I’m sure you’ve noticed, if you flip around the channels, that wisdom no longer prevails.”

“This is an emergency,” Kimmel said to applause. “We need to fight. We need to do everything within our power to repeal and replace Congress.”

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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