On Thursday evening, late night show host Jimmy Kimmel blasted Republicans for failing to question Christine Blasey Ford, who was instead queried by Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell -- who specializes in prosecuting sex crimes. Saying that Ford was “exceptionally believable”, Kimmel said, “Even the gang at Fox News agreed that she was believable.” Kimmel said, “She was everything the Democrats hoped she would be. She was polite, likable, well-spoken. And maybe more than anything — it was striking to see someone questioned before the Senate who actually answered questioned. I think that’s a first.”
Kimmel criticized Judge Brett Kavanaugh for what he described as his “loud and angry” testimony, and said Kavanaugh is the “world’s worst celebrity spokesman for beer.” He reserved his strongest outburst for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who blasted Democrats for seeking to “destroy” Kavanaugh’s life with smears and innuendo. “Some of the Republican senators put on quite a show of fabricated outrage today, and in particular, Lindsey Graham,” Kimmel said.
“Once Dr. Ford was safely out of the room,” Kimmel continued, “Lindsey Graham really laid down the law. He warned Democrats that if this is the new normal, if this is the way it’s going to go, they better watch out for their own Supreme Court nominees, as if Merrick Garland isn’t out there somewhere judging a dog show right now.” Suggesting that Graham was telegraphing support for President Trump, with whom he has had a prickly relationship, Kimmel said “Somebody must have told Lindsey Graham that Donald Trump was watching, because he lit up like someone left a thumbtack on Liberace’s piano bench.”
On Monday, Kimmel suggested in advance of the hearing that he could agree with seeing Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court, provided that the judge is subjected publicly to having his “pesky penis” cut off. Kimmel himself has had brushes with suggestions of sexual misconduct for having once put objects down his pants and asking women to guess at what he concealed.
California professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a party in the 1980s when they were high school students. So far, her allegations have been uncorroborated by witnesses. Kavanaugh continues to maintain that he was not present at the party and that he did not have sex throughout his high school and university years. Kimmel said, “I think there’s a compromise here. Hear me out on this.” Kimmel continued, “So, Kavanaugh gets confirmed to the Supreme Court. OK. Well, in return we get to cut that pesky penis of his off in front of everyone.” When some members of the audience did not receive his suggestion positively, Kimmel asked, “No? That’s not good? I thought I had a solution there for a minute.”
On Tuesday evening, Kimmel was the emcee at a fundraising gala in Hollywood intended to boost Democrats in the midterm election. He was flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and producer DJ Kahlid at Avalon Hollywood with the intent of raising $1 million for Garcetti’s Democratic Midterm Victory Fund PAC. “The reason I am here tonight is because I feel like I have to be,” the event’s emcee Jimmy Kimmel told the audience at the beginning of a politically charged speech. “Because it’s not enough just to vote this time. We have to do more than that this time, much more. I’m here because our government is being run by a group of people who don’t care about people.”
“I’m also here because I care about the future of this planet; because I believe scientists more than I do willfully ignorant fossil fuel executives who care more about their stocks options than their own grandchildren,” Kimmel said. “I’m here because women should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies; because children are being put in cages; because no human being should have an assault rifle.”
“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 continued. “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.”
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.