The latest edition of Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets took aim at politicians
There is no denying that political discourse in the U.S. has taken a nasty turn over the past four years. Twitter has undoubtedly played a significant role as the preferred method of communication for President Donald Trump. So with that in mind, Jimmy Kimmel Live! put together a political edition of Mean Tweets.
What started off as just a random collection of celebrities reading disparaging comments online has turned in to one of Jimmy Kimmel Live!‘s most popular segments. Fans have been treated to several special editions of the bit targeting NBA players, country musicians, and the Avengers.
Jimmy Kimmel has spent the last four years counting up President Trump’s tweets and ridiculing how the president has used Twitter to attack opponents, throw temper tantrums, and display a complete disregard for spelling and grammar.
Some of President Trump’s favorite targets were featured in Kimmel’s political edition of Mean Tweets that debuted on Wednesday night. The bit proved that no matter how the election turns out, we still have a long way to go to bring people together around politics:
Politicians like Ted Cruz, John Kerry, and Elizabeth Warren deserve credit for playing along with Mean Tweets. Not everyone is open to hearing the worst the internet has to say about them, let alone read it on national television. Cruz is especially surprising given the contentious relationship the Texas Senator has with Kimmel.
It’s not the first time that Kimmel has gone political with Mean Tweets. Fans probably remember the President Barack Obama edition from 2015. But just don’t expect a new version with President Obama’s successor.
Mean Tweets continues Jimmy Kimmel’s love/hate relationship with Twitter
In the YouTube description for this video, Jimmy Kimmel Live! makes a point to say “[w]hile the Presidency and even Democracy hangs in the balance, we know one thing for sure, that the internet is terrible and caused all of this. Social media is trying to kill us.” It is a damning description of social media and Twitter but it’s not too far off.
But Twitter has also been a valuable resource for Jimmy Kimmel. As we said, Mean Tweets has become one of his show’s most popular bits and has been replicated across the internet.
Twitter has also provided Kimmel with plenty of material for his monologues. Think of how many times Kimmel has read President Trump’s tweets to kick off the show and act as the setup for his jokes. And just recently, Kimmel was among the most active late night comedians on Twitter, reacting to election night results as they happened.
If President Trump’s days in the White House are numbered, then it may be a case of good news and bad news for Jimmy Kimmel. He’ll get his wish and no longer have to spend so much time on Donald Trump but that also means less mean tweets to power monologues.
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