The basketball game wasn’t the only thing Jimmy Kimmel failed at that day.
For those who aren’t aware, leftist comedian Jimmy Kimmel played Texas Senator Ted Cruz in a highly anticipated basketball game for charity Monday afternoon. The origin of the match is something you would see in a Saturday Night Live skit: Cruz challenged Kimmel to the charity event after being told he looked like a blobfish in a photo taken at an NBA game.
The match was then uploaded to YouTube, receiving a significant amount of views.
The idea behind it was simple and just: play to 11 points, and whoever loses has to donate $5,000 to the winner’s charity of choice. Cruz ended up winning 11-9, and both competitors donated $10,000 to both of their charities. Kimmel later noted that earnings from the game totaled over $80,000 for the two charities — Texas Children’s Hospital and Generation One, a Texas-based non-profit focused on education.
The event would’ve been a great model to follow for America as a whole — coming together for the greater good despite largely different political beliefs — if it wasn’t for Kimmel constantly berating Cruz with insults and ill-informed statements throughout the match.
Even though the event was largely about charity, Kimmel had to fit in his agenda and insult Cruz throughout the game in order to satisfy his overwhelmingly far-left leaning television audience. Even the stadium audience was almost completely Democrat, as whenever Cruz said remotely anything (even if what he said was true) the stadium would all boo in unison in support for their hero, Jimmy Kimmel.
The first conversation between them during the match begins when Kimmel asks Cruz if he “spent more time this week practicing basketball than trying to get those kids out of that detention center.” Kimmel is obviously referring to the recent outcry of anger at illegal child immigrants being separated from their parents, and he shows us once again that he has no actual knowledge of the facts and just repeats what he is told and what he knows his audience wants to hear.
Even if you ignore the facts about the whole situation, asking Cruz if he spent time “trying to get those kids out of that detention center” shows he is extremely ignorant of how our legislative system works. Cruz, even if he tried and dearly wanted to, could not single-handedly unite the separated kids with their parents by himself. Ted Cruz is one senator out of 100 senators in the United States Senate. He can not magically resolve this issue within a week by himself.
Kimmel appears even more foolish if you look at the facts regarding this situation. According to Kimmel and other left-leaning personalities, immigrant children are in “detention centers” for no apparent reason. Of course, this is completely untrue. The Department of Homeland Security states the following in a recent article published that establishes the facts:
Since entering the country illegally is clearly a criminal act, the parents get sent to a different location than their children get sent to as our laws don’t want to prosecute children. As a result, the children get temporarily separated from their parents. This is a consequence and a deterrent for parents entering America illegally. Of course, leftists like Kimmel will never mention that, as it weakens their arguments.
Kimmel brings up this same point shortly afterward, citing how the referee showed them “mercy” during the game, and how that’s a good lesson for him and the kids in the detention center. Once again, Cruz by himself cannot resolve this issue. One senator doesn’t have the stand-alone power to do that.
Cruz fires back and asks Kimmel about the immigrant children that President Obama separated from their parents, which is true. Kimmel replies, telling Cruz that he should’ve done something about that too.
It’s clear by now that Kimmel doesn’t understand how the legislative system works in America, but besides that, why didn’t Kimmel do anything about it either? Why didn’t he, nor any of the other late-night hosts, ever bring that up when Obama was president? If Kimmel had talked about the issue during Obama’s presidency, it would’ve had a much larger impact than if Ted Cruz had done anything.
Later on in the game, Cruz asks Kimmel if he ever told a joke about Obama during his presidency. Kimmel tells Cruz that he told “lots of them”, and how he even “roasted him to his face at the Correspondents’ Dinner.” That may be true, but there is absolutely no way he treated Obama as unfairly as he treats Trump. That goes back to my previous point: Kimmel never mentioned once during Obama’s presidency that child immigrants were being separated from their parents. He’s by far not the only one who never mentioned it, but he shouldn’t act like the way he treated Obama was similar to the way he treats Trump. That’s probably the funniest joke he made all night.
Cruz then tells Kimmel that Hollywood would perform much better as an industry if they actually listened to the Americans who are unhappy with the current state of media and the smugness of the elite class of celebrities. The audience members all boo in unison at Ted Cruz saying that, which shows just how successful Hollywood is at controlling them. Cruz literally tells Kimmel that celebrities like him need to listen to average Americans more, and the audience boos at the idea.
The last “debate” between them is the most telling at how ignorant and uninformed Kimmel actually is. Kimmel asks Cruz why he doesn’t support coverage for pre-existing conditions, even though other Republicans in the Senate do. Again, Kimmel states incorrect information. Cruz doesn’t support coverage for pre-existing conditions in the traditional sense, as it relied on an unconstitutional element of the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate. Now with the individual mandate repealed, funding for pre-existing conditions have to rely on increased premiums.
Because of the inevitable skyrocketing premiums, Cruz supports a plan that would create a defacto high-risk pool for people with pre-existing conditions, which would encourage customers with health problems to purchase insurance from one market and healthy customers to buy from another. This would lower the cost of premiums for healthy Americans, as they wouldn’t have to subsidize others who are unhealthy.
Cruz explains to Kimmel that coverage for pre-existing conditions is important, but that under ObamaCare millions of American’s premiums dramatically rose due to necessary subsidization for unhealthy customers. Cruz then brings to Kimmel’s attention that ObamaCare made the average family’s premium rise to an additional $5,000 a year, to which Kimmel says is not true.
Sorry, but it is. Townhall illustrates this perfectly:
Kimmel quickly realizes Cruz is making him look like a fool and goes back to playing. Cruz wins shortly afterward, and the game finally concludes.
Even though raising money for great causes was the main takeaway from this game, the conversations between the two are extremely telling as well. It shows us that Kimmel is extremely unqualified to go on television and act like he has moral authority on gun rights or health care. It shows us that Kimmel’s audience will swallow up and believe whatever he says, which is terrifying. It shows us that in today’s day and age, emotions and grandstanding are still more important than facts and statistics to most people.