Late night host Jimmy Kimmel clapped back at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for reporting him to the Capitol Police over a slap joke he made on his show earlier this week.
“It’s amazing how quickly you can go from ‘These liberals! You can’t say anything anymore’ to ‘What did you say? I’m calling the cops!’ Must be that cancel culture they’re always talking about,” Kimmel said on Thursday. “Now she’s dialing 911 because she got made fun of. She’s a snowflake and a sociopath at the same time — a ‘snowciopath.’”
On Monday, Greene called Senate Republicans Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins “pro-peodophile” for crossing party lines and voting in favor of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
During his Tuesday night show, Kimmel called Greene a “Klan mom,” who is “especially upset” over the three senators’ votes. “Wow, where is Will Smith when you really need him?”
The next day, Greene announced on Twitter that she had reported Kimmel’s “threat of violence” to the Capitol Police.
.@ABC, this threat of violence against me by @jimmykimmel has been filed with the @CapitolPolice. pic.twitter.com/nxYX1LF2jK
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) April 6, 2022
“Officer? I would like to report a joke,” Kimmel shot back on Twitter an hour and a half later.
“You weren’t joking. You hide your misogyny and your racism behind your “jokes” on
@ABC,” Green replied. “This was a dog whistle to the violent left to assault me or worse, and your already inspiring fantasies of violence against me. How many new death threats will I get that are your fans?”
“Your [sic] fans called my office today in direct response to you inciting physical violence towards me,” she added in a follow-up post. “It’s not a joke.”
The late night host addressed the controversy in length during Thursday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” calling Greene “probably the worst woman in American politics,” and accusing her of trying to “get some political mileage” out of his joke.
“She called the police. Not only did she call the police, she called the same police she voted against giving a congressional gold medal to for defending our Capitol against the insurrection she helped incite on Jan. 6,” he commented during the show’s opening monologue. “That’s who she called, the people she wanted to defund.”
“I feel like maybe other Republicans like having her around to make the rest of them seem normal,” Kimmel snarked.
It seems that no one is right in this one! Calling someone who isn’t funny a comedian is a stretch, but it was a poor attempt at a joke, so calling the police was ridiculous.