The seemingly neverending stream of upsetting news about the Trump administration seems to have finally gotten to Jimmy Kimmel. On his show Wednesday night, Kimmel’s monologue briefly took a bit of a nihilistic turn as he pondered the apparently very real possibility now that Donald Trump will shut down Robert Mueller’s investigation, as well as the idea that there will be plenty of people in the U.S. government who will let it happen.
“This morning on Twitter, President Trump — did you know he has a Twitter account? So this morning, the Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is floating the idea of subpoenaing the President. After that Trump ominously tweeted a quote from a former U.S. Attorney who said, ‘the President has unfettered power to fire anyone.’ And then in another tweet, he threatened to use ‘the powers granted the presidency’ to stop this investigation if it keeps going much longer. And I guess some people are OK with that. With the President threatening to squash an ongoing investigation into his own possibly illegal actions,” Kimmel said.
“But hey, you know what? Democracy had a good run. Maybe it’s time for us to try something else. We don’t want to get all clingy.”
The audience took the joke in stride, laughing briefly before bursting into applause in response to the comment.