Jimmy Kimmel found himself embroiled in a “bruhaha” on Thursday, after Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican representative from Florida, called Capitol police on the comedian.
At issue was a joke Kimmel made about how Greene, who Kimmel calls ‘Klan mom’, had called the three GOP senators who backed Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination ‘pro-pedophiles’ . Kimmel joked, “Where’s Will Smith when you need him?”
Greene “decided she was going to take political advantage of it,” Kimmel said. “That’s what she does instead of working. She tweets. Greene tweeted to ABC that “this threat of violence against me by @jimmykimmel” was filed with Capitol Police.
“She called the police and reported it! Kimmel marveled. “Not only did she call the police, but she called the same police she voted against being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for defending our Capitol against the insurgency she helped instigate. January 6. That’s who she called: the people she wanted to defund.
“It’s amazing how quickly you can go from ‘those liberals who can’t say anything anymore’ to ‘what did you say? I’m calling the cops!’ Kimmel continued. “It must be this cancel culture that they always talk about.”
In a separate tweet, Greene called Kimmel’s joke “a dog whistle to the violent left to assault me or worse” and asked “how many more death threats will I get who your fans are?”
Kimmel replied: “Not only do I not tolerate death or any kind of threats against anyone, especially since I myself receive dozens of them a week from the sick who align themselves with you, I also find it very rich that a person who did this in his campaign ad” – shooting a semi-automatic pistol – “complains about fantasies of violence”.
Additionally, Greene endorsed fringe conspiracy theories and repeatedly expressed support for the execution of prominent Democratic politicians. “Now she’s dialing 911 because she was laughed at,” Kimmel said. “She’s a snowflake and a sociopath at the same time.”
Late night, Seth Meyers recapped a House vote to hold Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in criminal contempt of Congress. They join two other former Trump White House officials held in criminal contempt, Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Mark Meadows. (Bannon has been charged and is awaiting trial.)
“At this point, it’s easier to list Trump aides who don’t have legal issues,” Meyers said.
Voting was not without disruptions; Rep. Greene, aka “you’re a fucking real DC housewife,” heckled Congressman Jamie Raskin as he spoke, “like a drunk aunt on a comedy show who thinks everyone is here to see it,” Meyers said.
And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “freaked out” because he thought no one was listening to him. “Dude, if people stand and talk, you can’t bitch about it, you gotta grow a spine and plow through it,” Meyers said.
McCarthy and Trump are similar in that they are both “dangerous and pathetic at the same time, which is true for much of the GOP these days,” Meyers said. “It’s frankly disconcerting. Trump is like one of those cats that gets stuck on a Roomba, but if you get close he’ll hiss and gouge your eyes out.
And on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert celebrated the Senate confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, making her the first black female justice to serve on the Supreme Court. After the vote, Biden hugged Jackson in a touching moment. “It was reminiscent of when Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed and the former president helped him do a barrel stand,” Colbert joked.
Colbert also spoke about the Covid epidemic within the political class in Washington DC. At least 14 guests at Saturday’s Gridiron Club dinner tested positive for the virus, including Vice President Communications Director Kamala Harris, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and the Attorney General Merrick Garland. “OK, this proves Mitch McConnell is worse than a disease, because at least Covid was ready to meet Merrick Garland,” Colbert joked.
And the UN General Assembly voted to suspend Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council. “That sounds good,” Colbert said. “You know what sounds wrong? Russia was part of the Human Rights Council.
Pope Francis, of all peoples, has also expressed his displeasure with the UN. “In the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are witnessing the impotence of the international organizations of the United Nations,” he said in a statement.
“It’s never a good sign when the single guy calls you helpless,” Colbert said. “Or when the Catholic Church says ‘you guys are moving too slowly.’