Whether or not you find the antics of late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel entertaining… One thing we should all be able to agree on is his take on the importance of health care for those who cannot afford it. Some may say that he is a millionaire so why should he care? Maybe, just maybe it is because he is a human being and a father. Or maybe Jimmy Kimmel is just a person who realizes that he is fortunate to be in the financial position he is in. Well, it is possible he is just a decent human being. The same CANNOT be said about one former Republican named Joe Walsh.
This former Illinois senator from January 2011-January 2013 has a history of crude and controversial remarks. The paragraphs below were taken from his Wikipedia page and gives you an insight into what kind of person he is.
On June 19, 2014, Walsh was removed from his radio show for using racially charged language. He was on air again the next day. WIND general manager Jeff Reisman commented: “During the segment Joe intended to cite several common racial slurs as examples. He did not in any way use them in a defamatory or derogatory manner, simply as examples. However, AM 560 The Answer did not allow them to go on the air. AM 560 The Answer has a policy of not using certain words on the air that are highly inflammatory and offensive even in the context of a discussion of why those words are offensive. We will continue that policy.”
On July 7, 2016, the night of the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers, Walsh wrote on Twitter, “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out Black Lives Matter punks. Real America is coming after you.” These comments were interpreted by some as threats. After deleting the tweet (by his account it was deleted by Twitter), Walsh wrote later, “I wasn’t calling for violence, against Obama or anyone. Obama’s words and BLM’s deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops.” The next morning, Walsh stated in an interview with the Chicago Tribune that Twitter suspended his account and deleted the tweet itself: “The pre-condition for me reopening my account was they had to delete that tweet.” He said, “Of course I didn’t mean ‘let’s go kill Obama and Black Lives Matter.’ I was not trying to incite violence against Obama and Black Lives Matter. That’s crazy and stupid and wrong. It would end my career and it’s wrong.”
On October 24, 2016, Walsh wrote on Twitter, “On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?” When Jake Tapper asked him what he meant, Walsh responded, “It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back.” The New York Post wrote that “some took his tweet as a call for violent insurrection.”
On May 2, 2017, Walsh wrote on Twitter, “Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.” in reference to a 13 minute monologue delivered by late night host Jimmy Kimmel discussing his son’s congenital heart defect and his belief that covering pre-existing conditions is an important part of healthcare in the United States.
It is very well possible that he can be making these statements to simply garner reactions and ratings for his radio shows. There is also the possibility that he belongs in the same category as Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones or Bill O’Reilly? In my opinion, he is exactly what the new administration’s followers represent; racism, white privilege and everything else trump. This is the new America ladies and gentlemen. While it is not representative of all the U.S. citizens… This is the type of people and the type of mentality a president such as trump empowers.
I could go on and write numerous negative lines about Joe Walsh. I prefer to let his own words speak the volumes for me. You see… I am not a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, nor his show. But I am a fan of ANYONE who is willing to recognize the importance of health care for their families. ANYONE who believes that choices should not have to be made financially when it comes to saving the lives of their children. Today I have become a Jimmy Kimmel fan. Not because of his show, but because of his empathy and decency! Both of which Joe Walsh… You have NONE of!
PS: In case you might be wondering? YES, I will definitely be sending him a link to my blog via twitter…