Jimmy Kimmel: Closest Comparison for Trump Is OJ Simpson

November 8th, 2017 3:54 PM

Jimmy Kimmel, the new darling of the liberal media, thinks the best person to compare Donald Trump to is O.J. Simpson. The lefty late night host talked to New York magazine and also connected Richard Nixon to Adolf Hitler. Unsurprisingly, the headline for the October 30/November 12 issue is this: “Jimmy Kimmel: Suddenly, He’s Walter Cronkite.” 

Right. Because someone who compares the current Republican president to a man widely believed guilty of a double murder and links a past Republican president to a genocidal killer is Walter Cronkite? After saying, “I never imagined [Trump] would be elected,” Kimmel offered this bizarre comparison: 

The closest thing I can compare it to is when O.J. got acquitted. It never occurred to me that it might happen. There was so much overwhelming evidence that O.J. was guilty, and you believe in the American judicial system. You believe that, for the most part, if somebody did it, they’re going to prison for doing it. We’re in a similar situation: Everything Donald Trump is doing and undoing is bad, bad, bad, and it seems so obvious, and it’s happening anyway.

Asked about his former Comedy Central co-host Ben Stein, who worked for Nixon, Kimmel unleashed another smear: 

I know Ben has very fond memories of Richard Nixon. Listen, it’s always different when you know somebody. There are probably people who loved working for Hitler, you know?

The suddenly socially aware Kimmel (who once hosted a show with girls jumping on trampolines), tried to justify his initial avoidance of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal: 

I guess now I’m supposed to comment on everything that happens? And by the way, it’s not just from the right. Now I see it from the left, “Aren’t you going to say anything about fill-in-the-blank?” That’s not what I do, and if I did, believe me, you’d get bored in a hurry. The Harvey Weinstein thing makes no sense: This perception that the right has spread around that I’ve not made any jokes about it is false.


I mean, I remember hearing one story about Harvey, but it seemed designed to tarnish an actress. It was about some actress trading a sexual favor to get into a movie, and I always just assumed that it was probably untrue, and it was none of my business either way.

“It’s none of my business.” There’s the bold truth teller willing to stand up for truth and justice! (Unless it’s a liberal Hollywood executive.) 

For anyone who likes comedy in their late night comedy shows, Kimmel might have some bad news for you: “Maybe we’ll never go back. Maybe the days of fun are over...” 

For all of this, New York writer David Marchese offered the ultimate liberal media compliment. Talking about Kimmel lobbying for gun control, he lectured, “It was a moment that recalled Walter Cronkite speaking out against the Vietnam War.” 

But then Kimmel isn’t interested in red state America anyway. In October he sneered, “If they're so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence then, I don't know, I probably wouldn't want to have a conversation with them anyway.”