As the GOP tries to push through yet another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, one single man may be the biggest obstacle for the Republicans. It’s not Barack Obama or Bernie Sanders. It’s not Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi. It’s late night show host, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel, who has railed against GOP efforts to remove the clause in the Affordable Care Act that forbids insurance companies from charging higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions, took things up a notch this week.
As Republican Senators Graham and Cassidy try and sell America, or at least fellow Republicans, on their latest bill which would replace the Affordable Care Act, Kimmel called out Cassidy for lying to him. Cassidy claimed that any bill he would support would have to pass the ‘Jimmy Kimmel test’. The ‘Jimmy Kimmel test’ basically stated that no bill should be passed if it does not require insurance companies to insure those with pre-existing conditions without raising their premiums.
While Kimmel and Cassidy verbally duked it out, another man entered the fight earlier in the week. ‘Fox & Friends’ host Brian Kilmeade made the following statement, directed towards Kimmel:
“Sunday’s politically charged Emmys may have been the lowest-rated in history, but that’s not stopping Hollywood elites like comedian Jimmy Kimmel from pushing their politics on the rest of the country.”
Kimmel didn’t take that comment very well, and last night unleashed in epic fashion, saying:
“Thanks, Brian. That was Brian Kilmeade. And the reason I found this comment to be particularly annoying is because this is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman,” said Kimmel. “He’s such a fan. I think he’s been to the show, he follows me on Twitter, he asked me to write a blurb for his book—which I did, he calls my agent looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the ‘Hollywood elite.’ The only reason he’s not a member of the ‘Hollywood elite’ is that no one will hire him to be one!”
“And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that, I’ve learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation,” shared Kimmel. “I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That is my blurb—that would be my blurb for your next book: ‘Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.’”
Yes, Kimmel did threaten physical harm on Kilmeade, but perhaps in a well deserved manner. Did he overreact, or did Kilmeade have this coming from a man who could have lost his son, had he not been insured. Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.