Comedian Jimmy Kimmel isn’t shying away from making jokes about Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, even after the Georgia Republican filed a threat of violence report against the late-night host for an earlier crack he’d made against her.
A fight erupted between the pair on Tuesday when Mr Kimmel used his show monologue to tie last week’s pop culture du jour, Will Smith’s Oscar slap, to one of Ms Greene’s more recent controversies where she slapped her Republican colleagues with the label of being “pro -pedophile” for voting to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
“This one Klan mom is especially upset with the three Republican senators who said they’ll vote yes on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Wow, where is Will Smith when you really need him? Mr Kimmel asked, referring to the now infamous slap of Chris Rock during this year’s Oscars ceremony.
Ms Greene responded by tweeting: “ABC, this threat of violence against me by Jimmy Kimmel has been filed with the Capitol Police.”
Mr Kimmel replied to the tweet with his own on Wednesday night, writing: “Officer? I would like to report a joke.”
He doubled down on his show on Thursday, telling the audience: “She’s dialing 911 because she got made fun of. Ella she’s a snowflake and a sociopath at the same time.
“A snowciopath, as we’ll refer to her from now on… If she’s going to report me to the police, if that’s how she wants to play it, I’ll report you right back.”
Mr Kimmel, Ms Greene and the Capitol police have all been reached for comment by The Independent.
Earlier in the week when Ms Greene was reached for comment on her filing a police report against the ABC late-night host, her spokesperson told The Independent: “Our office takes all threats of violence towards the Congresswoman very seriously,” adding: “Jimmy Kimmel called for violence to be committed against Congresswoman Greene. It will not be tolerated.”
Ms Greene’s original comments about her Republican colleagues, Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Mitt Romney, have been derided across the political spectrum in recent days.
SenCollins, when asked by an Insider reporter what she thought of the comments, replied by first laughing them off and then noting that, “this is what we’ve come to expect from her” and that her comments were “obviously ludicrous and typical”.
Ms Greene’s objection to Republicans voting in favor of confirming Judge Jackson, who became the first Black woman to hold the seat on Thursday, aligns with what several of her right-leaning colleagues exemplified while questioning the appellate judge.
During the hearing, Judge Jackson was grilled by Republicans with questions that, as she noted in many of her responses, fell outside her area of expertise, including one from Sen Marsha Blackburn where she was prompted to define “woman”.
Ms Greene’s specific criticism of the judge was a common one drudged up by GOP lawmakers, in which they insinuated that Judge Jackson had a record of going easy on sex criminals because she had, at times, departed from broad sentencing guidelines during sex crimes cases, decisions she defended as warranted given the individual circumstances.
Mr Kimmel pointed out that there was an irony in the Georgia Republican staking her reputation on this “pro-pedophile” tweet, when she’s also been known to be quite chummy with US Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, who is reportedly under federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking.
The Florida Republican has not been charged with any crimes, and continues to vehemently deny the allegations.
“This woman is good pals with Matt Gaetz who is currently under investigation for trafficking minors for sex! It’s scum and scummer”, Mr Kimmel said.