Jimmy Kimmel Put a Federal Employee to Work During Trump’s Government Shutdown (Video)

Welcome to the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” band, John

Last Updated: January 8, 2019 @ 7:08 AM

Hey, Mr. Tambourine man — play a song for your paycheck. Jimmy Kimmel put a federal employee to work on Day 17 of Donald Trump’s government shutdown.

On Monday, Victorville Federal Correctional Complex prison guard and local union leader John Kostelnik joined the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” house band. He got a tambourine — and a warning about how much the group enjoys improvisational jamming from a VERY amateur musician.

“Nearly 800,000 federal employees are working without pay,” Kimmel’s YouTube-page description reads. “So we are putting a federal employee to work every night until the shutdown ends.”

When put on the spot by Kimmel, Kostelnik said he “absolutely” objects to being a “pawn” in Trump’s border wall games.

Watch the video above.