Jimmy Kimmel breaks down Mitch McConnell vs. Donald Trump

President Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) /

Jimmy Kimmel may not have been happy with the outcome of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial but the late night host is enjoying at least some of the fallout. The fracturing of the Republican Party continues as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former President Trump traded barbs, much to the delight of Kimmel.

Former President Trump’s acquittal on charges he incited an insurrection was no surprise. There were not nearly enough Republican Senators willing to turn on Donald Trump’s base. Those that did vote guilty have been criticized by their constituents or even censured by their state party.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was among those who voted to acquit former President Trump. But that didn’t stop him from condemning the former president, blaming him for the insurrection, and suggesting he could face charges in civil court. The Senator’s attempt to play both sides was called out by The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah and others in the wake of his speech.

On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel got his chance to react. His monologue offered a breakdown of Sen. McConnell’s comments as well as the scathing response from former President Trump. Kimmel called it “the tortoise vs. the crazy yellow hair” after dubbing Sen. McConnell’s voice over video of a turtle.

Kimmel was amused by former President Trump’s seven-paragraph long response in which he boasted about receiving 75 million votes in the 2020 election and called Sen. McConnell “unsmiling.” Kimmel wondered aloud who in Trump’s life he’s ever seen smile.

The late night host went on to criticize Mitch McConnell for blowing his one chance at expelling Donald Trump from the Republican Party. Kimmel compares it to Frodo carrying the ring to Mount Doom and then not throwing it in, calling McConnel vs. Trump the “dumb version” of that story.

Jimmy Kimmel offers to help create a third party for angry Republicans

With Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party still in tack and those opposing him facing censure votes, it’s possible that the GOP is headed towards a breaking point. Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue last night cited a survey that found that 63 percent of Republicans would like the option of a third party.

Kimmel and other late night hosts often warned that Donald Trump would bring down the Republican Party from the inside. It certainly looks that way and if Republicans want to start a third party to distance themselves from Trumpism, Kimmel is willing to help. He put together the first ad for the new party last night:

Kimmel’s message isn’t very subtle, stating that a traditional, conservative party isn’t exactly ideal. The namecalling and conspiracy theories can go away but Kimmel reminds his audience of what the founding principles of conservatism look like in reality.

At the end of the day, Kimmel is more than happy to stand by and watch the Republican Party fall apart and fracture. But the late night host isn’t holding out hope that anything will really change no matter who comes out on top in the McConnell vs. Trump feud.

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