Jimmy Kimmel looked back at how President Donald Trump spent the months of January and February.
The longer the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the more people want to look back at how we got here. With quarantine and social distancing guidelines extended in some states, Jimmy Kimmel decided to examine what President Donald Trump knew and when.
Late night hosts have been among President Trump’s many critics when it comes to the handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Whether it was his attacks on media coverage, his dismissal of the severity, or his suggestions on treatment, just about everything President Trump has done has been questioned or ridiculed.
A new report indicates that President Trump’s intelligence briefing mentioned the threat of COVID-19 back in January. The information makes it easy to assign more blame to President Trump despite his defense that he knew it was a pandemic before anyone else.
Jimmy Kimmel decided to fact check that by examining what President Trump did in January and February when he presumably knew about the novel coronavirus. In typical Trump fashion, it included a lot of golf and a few rallies:
A running joke among all late night shows has been President Trump’s reading habits. Hosts like Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Stephen Colbert have mocked the president’s speeches delivered by a teleprompter as well as reports that he doesn’t read anything he’s given.
Kimmel hammers this point again using the latest report on the novel coronavirus. He implies that President Trump either never read the intelligence briefing or dismissed it as irrelevant. Either way, it’s coming back to haunt him.
Instead, President Trump spent his time playing golf and holding rallies. These are two more subjects often found in late night monologues.
The daily press briefings have substituted for rallies. Kimmel puts together a montage of President Trump talking about the Academy Awards, dishwashers, lightbulbs, and other random topics. Thankfully we haven’t reached the point where press briefings have gone that far.
We all know that President Trumps cites playing golf as his exercise regiment. However, golf courses are still closed to stop the spread of COVID-19. And playing golf right now wouldn’t exactly be a good look…not that optics have stopped the president before.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is very fond of making mock campaign ads. Don’t be surprised if real ads take inspiration from the late night show and highlight President Donald Trump’s “busy” schedule during January and February when the election really heats up. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.