On Monday night’s episode, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel joked about the high number of deaths over the summer in Florida due to COVID-19, drawing the ire of many on social media.
Kimmel’s remarks: In his opening monologue Monday night, Kimmel had a segment concerning the high death rate of Trump voters over the summer, particularly in Florida.
“But this is an interesting statistic. COVID deaths have proven to be much higher in states that voted for Trump,” Kimmel began. “Basically, if your state has more GEDs than PhDs, stay indoors.”
“Of the 54,000 Americans who died from COVID since the start of the summer, almost one of five, one in five of them died in Florida, which my God, all those orphaned ferrets, it’s a shame,” he went on.
Twitter’s response: Twitter was quick to respond to Kimmel’s remarks, taking exception to his use of COVID-19 deaths as a partisan punchline.
New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz tweeted, “Jimmy Kimmel is a terrible person but at least he’s also not at all funny.”
“They hate you and want you dead,” wrote vice president of Media Research Center Dan Gainor.
Podcaster Gerry Callahan wrote, bluntly, “God, Kimmel is just awful.”
Radio host Derek Hunter was more analytical in his response, writing: “Note how he picks ‘since the start of summer’ for his numbers. If you choose the unit of measure, you control everything. He has to pick that start date, otherwise Democrats are the worst.”
Inside the numbers: Last week, The Washington Post reported that there are 23 states with more new COVID-19 cases per capita than the national average, of which 21 voted for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
The other two states, which voted for Biden, are Georgia and Hawaii.
As for COVID-19 deaths, there are 18 states with new death totals that exceed the national average, and 14 of those voted for Trump.
Sixteen of the 17 least-vaccinated states are also states that Trump won in 2020.
It has also been reported, however, that 6 of the 10 states with the all-time worst COVID-19 death rates per capita are states won by Biden in the 2020 election.
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