On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel fired shots at Mitch McConnell after the Senate Minority Leader voted in favor of acquitting former President Donald Trump on Saturday.
As the Senate decision turned heads, McConnell’s next speech, in which he criticized Trump, became a major talking point for the landmark impeachment trial. While many were confused by McConnell’s back-and-forths, the Jimmy Kimmel Live the host said he missed a major opportunity for the Republican Party.
“I think McConnell ruined everything. It was the best chance for his party to make sure Trump never shows up again, ”he said. “Do you remember the end of the Lord of the Rings – when Frodo brought the ring to the volcano – and then decided not to throw it away? It was like a stupid version of it. “
Kimmel also used his opening monologue to poke fun at the Trump defense team, especially Bruce Castor, noting that the lawyer “did the casting for and against his client.” He added that Castor, with his impeachment moment, had even passed another Trump lawyer who had his time in the limelight in 2020.
“It really is an achievement to be Donald Trump’s worst lawyer, when his last lawyer got caught playing salami karate with Borat’s daughter,” he joked, referring to to the passage of Rudy Giuliani in Next Borat movie.
Kimmel also touched on Trump’s reaction to McConnell’s speech, the censorship of several pro-conviction Republican senators and the family of Senator Adam Kinzinger who avoided him for his impeachment vote. Watch Kimmel’s full monologue above.