Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel spent part of Saturday morning taking potshots at President Donald Trump and his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Twitter.
Trump kicked off the day by tweeting, “Late Night host [sic] are dealing with the Democrats for their very ‘unfunny’ & repetitive material, always anti-Trump! Should we get Equal Time?”
Kimmel responded: “Excellent point Mr. President! You should quit that boring job – I’ll let you have my show ALL to yourself #MAGA.”
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., stepped in to defend his father. He quoted Kimmel’s reply and asked, “Thoughts on Harvey Weinstein? #askingforafriend.”
Trump Jr. was referring to the film producer and Hollywood mogul who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, including Ashley Judd. The allegations against Weinstein first came out last week, when The New York Times reported that he had settled lawsuits with eight women and had been accused of sexual harassment and abuse going back decades.
“You mean that big story from the failing, liberal, one-sided @nytimes? I think it is disgusting,” Kimmel wrote in response to Trump Jr.’s tweet, using several of Trump’s own criticisms against the Times in an apparent mockery of the president.
“Great I look forward to your monologues next week,” Trump Jr. replied. “You’re probably due for a change if only for a moment or two.”
“Great – in the meantime, enjoy this!” Kimmel tweeted back after Trump Jr. replied, and included a YouTube clip of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump is heard talking to host Billy Bush about groping women without their consent.
“I don’t even wait,” Trump said on the tape. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p—y. You can do anything.”
Kimmel is a vocal Trump critic, and he ramped up his criticisms of the president and the GOP this year, as Republicans embarked on several attempts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.
Kimmel, whose son was born with a heart defect, is a staunch opponent of Republican efforts to reform the healthcare system, arguing that their fix does not offer adequate coverage and protections for those with preexisting conditions.
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