Late night comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel spoke of President Donald Trump's USA Today OpEd during his opening monologue Wednesday night. The piece—published on Wednesday—drew extensive criticism for its inaccurate statements.
Kimmel began by stating:
"Donald Trump was in fake news today. With midterm elections less than a month away, the President wrote an OpEd in this morning's edition of USA Today..."
"...This OpEd really makes me mad. In it, Trump blasts what he calls the Democrats Medicare for all policy while really, truly outrageously claiming he kept a promise to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions."
"[President Trump] wrote: 'As a candidate I promised we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new healthcare insurance options that would that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down'."
Jimmy Kimmel Live shares an excerpt from President Trump's USA Today OpEd. (YouTube screen grab)
But the Jimmy Kimmel Live host strongly denied Trump's claims however. Kimmel said:
"You didn't keep that promise. That promise was forced on you because [late Senator] John McCain gave you the finger so you weren't able to not keep that promise. That's not keeping a promise."
The audience erupted into cheers and applause at this point. After they quieted, Kimmel continued pointing out that rates would go down in some states, but would go down more in all states if Trump and his "buddies hadn't spent the last year trying to cripple the plan we have now." He added:
"This is like claiming you saved people from drowning after you put a hole in the side of the ship."
"It's just a lie. It's another lie."
Watch Kimmel's remarks here.
This is not the first time Kimmel took the Trump administration or the GOP to task over healthcare. At the beginning of the President's term when Congress tried to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare as it is more commonly known, Kimmel made several emotional appeals on his show to save the program.
People tended to agree with Kimmel's assessment.
On Twitter, people echoed his words.
.@RealDonaldTrump lies about healthcare while his colleagues Trump us to death... https://t.co/QcbbF9Manf— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel) 1539260481.0
Jimmy Kimmel Blasts Trump’s Lying ‘USA Today’ Op-Ed on Healthcare: ‘John McCain Gave You the Finger’ — WATCH https://t.co/nNgzh68BwV— Guy Social (@Guy Social) 1539278672.0
Jimmy Kimmel on Trump’s op-ed: ‘He was in the fake news’ #ImpeachTrumpNow #TrumpLies https://t.co/qAuKKFGdnO— Frank Clearwater (@Frank Clearwater) 1539276483.0
Jimmy Kimmel Directly Calls Out Trump For Lying In His Op-Ed On Healthcare https://t.co/iYN4vGOGWt https://t.co/6nqZaUcztq— Jennifer Vise (@Jennifer Vise) 1539274018.0
Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On Donald Trump Over His Latest Lie About Health Care. My hats always off to … https://t.co/8KzkFTkUEd— Zane Gray (@Zane Gray) 1539273430.0
Jimmy Kimmel Absolutely nails it here. The lies Trump tells know no boundaries. Not even a wall around Trump’s lies… https://t.co/0IGXIwIsqf— Dave Bing 🇺🇸 (@Dave Bing 🇺🇸) 1539270661.0
The purpose of the President's USA Today OpEd was to garner support for Republican candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. But with so many sources checking his facts, it likely appealed only to those already in the President's corner.
Midterm elections are slated for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.