Things have gotten so confusing over in Washington, D.C. — in the wake of multiple White House firings and accusations of leaks to Russia and beyond — that Jimmy Kimmel turned classic ’70s kids show “Schoolhouse Rock” to explain it all.
“We are now living in a world of alternative facts,” the late-night host told his ABC audience on Tuesday night. “The president makes statements every day that aren’t necessarily the truth — which is frustrating to some people and confusing to others, especially young people raised to believe that the president always tells the truth.
“That’s not the case anymore, so to bring children up to date we took a cue from ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ and hopefully this will explain how it all works now,” the new dad said.
He then aired an animated video that gave a startling modern twist to the beloved educational series.
Rather than meeting a Bill on his visit to the White House, a little boy meets a sad-looking Lie sitting on the steps, who breaks out into song in the tune of “I’m Just a Bill” from the original show.
“I just popped out of the president’s brain, and the very idea of me is completely insane,” it says.
The confused boy says: “If you’re a lie, why do you want people to think you’re true?”
That’s a very good question …
The Lie explains that the president will then turn him into a Fact, after he tweets it and followers retweet him. “That’s how I spread far and wide… real facts are so depressing,” he adds.
“Not everybody has to believe a lie, only enough to make me a debate.”
Ah, that all makes sense now.
Watch the video above.