Through his outspoken advocacy on television and making headlines for decrying foul play in the political sphere, Jimmy Kimmel has become far more than a talk show host over the last year. By taking, what seems to be, every opportunity to fire back at the wrongdoings of the current administration, and calling out President Trump for the level of divisiveness he has caused within the fabrics of American society, Kimmel has made himself wildly popular among progressive and forward-thinking individuals, as he aims to draw attention to the reality of issues facing the nation.
Just this last Sunday, Kimmel hosted the 90th annual Academy Awards, where he opened the event with a monologue shedding light on the need for equality and accountability both in politics, as well as throughout the entertainment industry. Kimmel referenced an array of topics, including the ever-growing #MeToo movement focused on the tide of sexual harassment allegations that have emerged in the last year, the #NeverAgain movement that has gained momentum to enact gun reform, as well as the narrow-mindedness of the country’s political figures, taking a specific jab at Vice President Mike Pence’s homophobic tendencies.
Nevertheless, as Kimmel stated some very blatant truths, President Trump again showed his disdain for reality, unable to control himself from making a Twitter post about the Academy Awards. Perhaps in order to fire back at Kimmel, the president published a tweet reiterating that this year’s ceremony had the lowest ratings in the 90 year history, adding that the reason was due to an absence of stars in the entertainment industry.
Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Although not common for President Trump to actually give factual evidence in any of his posts or comments, he is correct in stating that this year’s Oscar awards had the lowest viewership among previous years. Yet, just because he finally made one factual claim, does not discount the fact that the president himself has some very blatant rating issues as well, and Kimmel was quick to remind him.
In doing so, Kimmel quickly responded to President Trump’s tweet regarding the award ceremony, thanking him and referencing him as the president with the lowest ratings in history.
Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY. https://t.co/E01UgDaZ3T
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 6, 2018
Luckily, Kimmel’s post also provided factual evidence. An Associated Press report from January found that:
‘Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.
That’s according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump’s, at 49 percent.’
Regardless of Trump’s attempts to bash Hollywood celebrities and the entertainment industry for their lack of viewership for the Academy Awards on Sunday, the sheer fact is that having the title for lowest rated president after his first year is far more embarrassing and shameful. The president can lash out at actors and actresses all he wants, but that does not take away from the reality that a far greater number of people in the country disapprove of him in office, and see him as everything but the “star” he believes he is.
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