Donald Trump is still dominating the political polls, and his growing legion of supporters is making one late-night host a little jealous.
“You know, every night, I walk out onto this stage — and I get a nice round of applause — and it feels good, it really does… to have 200 people clapping for you,” Jimmy Kimmel said during his opening monologue on Monday.
“But then, I turn on the news this weekend and see 30,000 people in Alabama going absolutely nuts for Donald Trump, and I have to admit, I don’t feel quite as good anymore.
“I feel cheap,” he confessed.
“Donald Trump had a rally at a football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, this weekend. They were originally planning to have it in a hotel ballroom, and then it got too big for the ballroom, so they moved it to a convention center,” Kimmel said. “And then, it got too big for the convention center — so they moved it to a football stadium.
“Apparently this strategy of saying whatever crazy thing pops into your head is really paying off,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host concluded.
Even Trump was surprised by the huge turnout on Friday. “We’ve gotten an amazing reception,” the real estate mogul said from the podium at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium (pictured above), pointing to the rafters behind him. “Has this been crazy? Man!”
Trump has been the target of countless late-night jokes since he announced he was running for President, with Kimmel doing everything from mocking his “Make America Great Again” hat to having Josh Groban sing Trump’s tweets.
“Six months ago, this guy was sitting in a fake TV boardroom firing Lorenzo Lamas because he refused to choose between Brandi Glanville and Vivica A. Fox,” Kimmel said in his latest rant. “Now he’s filling football stadiums with people who think Jesus sent him!”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.