JIMMY Kimmel has fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling former President Barack Obama “classless.”
The late-night talk show host quipped back at McConnell during his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, on Tuesday night: “Wait, Obama is classless? He’s joking now, right?”
“I mean, of all the wildly hypocritical things anyone has said about anything during this ordeal, the idea that Obama is classless and shouldn’t say bad things about another president, that might take the cake!” Kimmel said.
“The tonnage of terrible things Trump has said about Obama, I would put them all on screen, but no one in the world has a big-enough screen to see all of them.”
“The screen over the field where the Dallas Cowboys play isn’t big enough for all of them. So he had to be kidding. Mitch, you dirty little snapping turtle, you got us again!” he said during his show.
On Monday night, McConnell called the twice-elected president “classless” during a recent interview President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara, who hosts a Facebook livestream show as part of Trump’s re-election effort.
"I think it's a little bit classless, frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you,” McConnell said. "You had your shot, you were there for eight years.”
"I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. Now, we know he doesn't like much what this administration is doing, that's understandable,” McConnell added.
McConnell’s remarks came after Obama lashed out at Trump during a call with supporters and former members of his administration to discuss the 2020 election, a recording of which was obtained by Yahoo News.
“This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” Obama said.
“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life."
“And by the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well. It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty.”
“It would have been bad even with the best of governments,” Obama said during the call.
“It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government.”
Former presidents don’t typically speak out publicly against their successors after leaving office.
McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said he wished Obama was more like fellow president George W. Bush, who left the White House in 2008.
"I think the tradition that the Bush's set up — of not critiquing the president who comes after you — is a good tradition."
McConnell also touched upon Obama's time as president and said that, upon his exit, he "did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like [the coronavirus pandemic]."
In 2018, the Trump administration dismantled a National Security Council (NSC) directorate at the White House charged with preparing for when, not if, another pandemic would hit the nation.
In March, Trump was asked whether disbanding the global health unit slowed the US response to the coronavirus outbreak, which as of Wednesday killed more than 84,000 people in the US.
He called it a “nasty” question because his administration had acted quickly and saved lives.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Trump said, and said the pandemic “is something that you can never really think is going to happen.”
Days before Kimmel slammed McConnell, he took aim at Vice President Mike Pence, who he accused of delivered empty boxes of protective gear to a Virginia hospital for a public relations boost.
Pence was joking during the encounter, in which he said: "Well can I carry the empty ones, just for the camera?"
"It would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt," Kimmel tweeted.
"The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth."
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