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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) takes a late-night joke very seriously — so much so that she says she reported it to the police.
Green on Twitter took issue with Jimmy Kimmel recently joking on his show that he wanted Will Smith to slap her. “@ABC, this threat of violence against me by @jimmykimmel has been filed with the @CapitolPolice,” Greene tweetedposting a snippet of the joke.
Kimmel laughed at the tweet, to respond“Officer? I would like to report a joke.”
The joke in question came in response to Greene claiming that Republicans who support Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson “are pro-pedophiles.” Referring to Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars for a joke about his wife, Kimmel said, “Wow, where’s Will Smith when you really need him?” The joke was applauded by Kimmel’s audience.
Greene, who has come under fire for suggesting she supports the Democrats’ execution and was stripped of her committee assignments in 2021, has been a frequent subject of ridicule on Kimmel’s show. He also called her “Klan mom” and “the saddest excuse for a congresswoman we’ve ever had.”
Kimmel previously criticized Smith’s actions at the Oscars, saying Rock “didn’t deserve to be slapped for a joke.” Greene, however, said she enjoyed “The alpha male response of a husband defending his wife” by Smith, adding, “It was way better than a fight on Twitter with people saying harsh things on their keyboards behind their screens.”
Capitol police have not confirmed that Greene has filed a report, but his office said it “takes all threats of violence against the congresswoman very seriously,” saying, “Last night, Jimmy Kimmel called violence against Congresswoman Greene. will not be tolerated.”
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