Just a week ago, Jimmy Kimmel took to his late night show to share with fans the birth of his son, Billy. During his monologue, the comedian got emotional, talking about the heartbreaking first few hours of the baby’s life. Since then, the Republican-held Congress has passed the AHCA (though it’s important to note it still needs to go through the Senate), and while many are in agreement with Kimmel, some GOP spokespeople took it upon themselves to call out the comedian, and he’s not taking it lightly.
During last night’s monologue, Kimmel started by joking that he saved American health care thanks to his emotional monologue. He then went on to say he’s been called names more this week than ever before, and took a moment to share a clip of pundit Newt Gingrich on Fox News calling him out, and saying that comedians today are not funny because they are “angry.”
“I wonder why we’re so angry,” Kimmel said. “Maybe it’s because of, I dunno, you?” He went on to talk to Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, who said that health care should pass “The Jimmy Kimmel Test,” which, if you listen to his monologue again, just means that all families should be able to afford care.
Cassidy went on to say that on his side of things, the GOP-led Senate will work to make sure that the AHCA will work for patients, tax payers, and doctors. While Kimmel joked about how people were calling him out, speaking with a Republican lawmaker on the subject was a perfect response to accusations against him.
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(h/t People; photos via Mike Windle + Vivian Kililea/Getty)