Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Trump, Dan Patrick Over Desire to Reopen U.S. Economy: 'We're Going to Die So President Can Eat Peeps'

Jimmy Kimmel may not be on the air amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but he is still taking President Donald Trump to task in new comedic "minilogues" filmed at home and shared on YouTube.

On Tuesday, Kimmel reacted to the news that Trump hopes the U.S. economy will reopen by Easter Sunday in April, even as confirmed cases of COVID-19, and deaths from the disease, continue to rise. There have been over 55,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University, and just over 800 deaths as of Wednesday morning.

But during a Fox News virtual town hall address on Tuesday, Trump said, "You can destroy a country this way, by closing it down, where it literally goes from being the most prosperous — I mean, we had the best economy in the history of our country three weeks ago. And then all of a sudden, we're supposed to shut it down." He added, "I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

Kimmel said that in the town hall Trump "once again defied the so-called experts who say we're in this for a while." He joked, "Easter? That's in two-and-a-half weeks. Even Jesus is like, 'Jesus, calm down, let's think this through.'"

"We're all going to die so the president can eat Peeps," Kimmel added, referring to the marshmallow snack whose parent company has shut down its factory over an outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host also dinged Dan Patrick for participating in what he described as a "moron-a-thon" after the lieutenant governor of Texas indicated he'd be willing to die to reopen the economy and boost the stock market.

"No one reached out to me and said, 'As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?' And if that's the exchange, I'm all in," Patrick told Fox News' Tucker Carlson Monday night. "And that doesn't make me noble or brave. I just think there are lots of grandparents out there in this country like me—I have six grandchildren—that what we care about, and what we love more than anything, are those children. I want to live smart and see through this, but I don't want the whole country to be sacrificed."

Kimmel agreed that Patrick's proposed sacrifice doesn't make him "noble or brave," it "makes you an idiot." He then clarified: "It doesn't make you an idiot—it reveals to us that you are an idiot."

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