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Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel might actually welcome the MyPillow CEO onto his show next week, according to his opening monologue.
Kimmel has been mocking Mike Lindell for several days.
"[Lindell] started it off with a 48-hour 'frankathon,'" said Kimmel. "Which was basically him passionately ranting from 8:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night. He claimed that almost 92 million people tuned in to see this."
Lindell seemed to freak out, ranting and raving in a way that many wondered if he was back on drugs. When Lindell learned that Kimmel had jokingly invited him onto the show, it turned into a whole different thing for the "frankathon."
"I have to admit, I was glued to this," Kimmel said of the wacky video. "I want the frankathon to go on for a week. Mike Lindell is like Saul Goodman, from 'Better Call Saul,' you know? He had a funny supporting role in one of the most incredible dramas of all time, but now that he's got his own show you appreciate what a character he is."
So Monday night, after Kimmel's show, where he attacked Lindell again, the frankathon people ran the transcript into him where Lindell read it live on the air.
"That was weird. Me sitting in my kitchen while the MyPillow guy reads my jokes to his sidekick," confessed Kimmel. "And he's going like, I wonder if Jimmy is watching? Yes, Jimmy was watching. He told some people at a rally he would pray for me and I wondered if he really did."
Lindell read aloud that Kimmel questioned whether Lindell really prays for him, which Lindell confirmed was true.
"Okay, good, I'll take that. Even though I know when he prays, God is like, 'Okay! Okay! I get it, I get it, too loud!' I learned a lot from Mike Lindell last night including the fact that our paths have crossed before," said Kimmel.
He played a clip of Lindell saying that the two saw each other at a Bob Seger concert.
The whole thing was a bonkers back and forth between Kimmel and Lindell's video reading the transcript of the Kimmel show from the night before. At one point Monday, Kimmel mockingly invited Lindell onto his show where they could cozy up on a bed of goose pillows. That sent Lindell into a tizzy explaining why goose down isn't apparently a good move for pillows. He then plugged his product again.
In the end, Kimmel made it clear that Lindell is happening, possibly next week.
See the bizarre, yet oddly satisfying video below:
Aides to members of Congress think Derek Chauvin verdict gets them out of passing police brutality legislation
Aides to Republicans and Democrats told Axios that the conviction of Derek Chauvin takes the pressure off of them to pass police brutality legislation.
The odd report explained, "Senior Democratic and Republican aides — who would never let their bosses say so on the record — privately told Axios the convictions have lessened pressure for change. They noted the aftermath of mass shootings: time and again, Congress has failed to pass gun control legislation, and the conversation ultimately moves on until another terrible event occurs."
Unfortunately for the officials, moments before the Chauvin verdict was announced, Ohio teenager Makiyah Bryant called police for help and they shot and killed her. Just a few hours after the shooting, police were caught chanting "blue lives matter" behind the police tape at those gathering around them.
Last week, police in Chicago killed a 13-year-old boy they swore had a gun. Bodycam videos revealed there was no gun and his hands were up as the police fired into him. Last year, a 13-year-old boy with autism was shot and killed by Salt Lake City Police. In 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a fake gun when the police arrived at the scene and immediately shot him. Those who called into the police indicated that it was "probably fake" and "he is probably a juvenile."
Over and over again, police have shot unarmed people of color, many of who have been children and no justice has been delivered.
"It just marks to me the first step, and I'm hoping that, having justice now might serve as a catalyst to really finish the bill," Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) told Axios.
"I think the verdict just reinforces that our justice system continues to become more just," said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
As many activists tweeted, and President Joe Biden explained, the demand for justice for those victims will not disappear. If those working inside the Washington Beltway think that not passing a bill is acceptable, they will likely learn that is offensive to activists calling for change.
Former and current presidents celebrate justice for George Floyd — but with Donald Trump it's crickets
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the nation Tuesday in wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. Their words were sensitive to the fact that justice for George Floyd's family is just one of the many families who lack justice in their case.
"It was a murder in the full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the Vice President just referred to -- the systemic racism that is a stain our nation's soul; the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans; the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day," said Biden.
Former President Barack Obama also released a powerful statement but honestly said that there is still much that must be done.
"In this case, at least, we have our answer. But if we're being honest with ourselves, we know that true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial," the statement read.
Former President Bill Clinton also agreed that justice was done with the verdict.
"The color of a person's skin still determines far too often how they will be treated in nearly every aspect of American life. While the verdict won't bring George Floyd back, it can help us prevent more senseless deaths and hasten the day when we are all treated equally in all matters of life, liberty, dignity, respect, and opportunity," said Clinton.
The jury made the right decision in convicting Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. My full statement: https://t.co/Pt2aV8g4cT— Bill Clinton (@Bill Clinton)1618960258.0
Both Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump were silent. In fairness to Bush, he very rarely releases statements commenting on current events. Neither man have made a statement about former Vice President Walter Mondale's death either.
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