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Jimmy Kimmel Compares Trump to a Lifeguard Who Sabotaged the Ship Over Health Care Claims

On Wednesday, USA Today published an op-ed by Donald Trump—that is, if a collection of blatantly false statements can be considered an op-ed. Trump writes that he has kept his promise to protect health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, but as Jimmy Kimmel pointed out Wednesday, that’s only technically true. “You didn’t keep that promise,” he said. “That promise was forced on you because John McCain gave you the finger and so you weren’t able to not keep that promise.”


Trump seems to be forgetting that he fought to replace the Affordable Care Act with Republican-supported plans that would have weakened those protections for pre-existing conditions. And McCain’s opposing votes in the Senate, along with those of Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, were crucial to stopping those plans from going through. “This is like claiming you saved people from drowning after you put a hole in the side of the ship,” said Kimmel. “It’s just a lie.”

In response to USA Today’s decision to publish Trump’s words, publications like the New York Times and the Boston Globe have stated that they have a higher standard for truth for opinion pieces, even those written by high-profile individuals. It sounds like Trump likes his chances with USA Today a little better, even if the publication is maybe not quite as prestigious; after all, Kimmel started his late-night segment about Trump’s essay by asking, “Are any of you staying at a Holiday Inn Express and maybe you saw it?”