Jimmy Kimmel is fairly convinced Donald Trump will escape any real legal consequences from the new criminal investigation into the Trump organization. But if Trump actually faces justice, Kimmel said he hopes they give the disgraced ex-president his Twitter account.
The joke came Wednesday night during Kimmel’s opening monologue, when he talked about Tuesday’s news that the Attorney General of New York is conducting a criminal investigation of Trump in concert with the civil investigation underway by the New York City district attorney’s office. The specifics of the criminal investigation haven’t been made public, so it’s unclear what exactly Trump may or may not be in trouble for. But the city of New York is investigating if the Trump organization defrauded investors or lenders, or evaded taxes.
Kimmel began the bit by recapping what I just described above, then cracking, “Of course, it’s not like Donald Trump to lie — but I guess they had to check it out. And they’re now looking at bank fraud. Tax fraud. Insurance fraud. It’s starting to look like the guy who ran a fraudulent charitable foundation, and a fraudulent university, might be a fraud.”
“So, they say Trump could potentially get extradited from Florida to New York,” Kimmel continued. “If he does end up in prison, I really think we should give him Twitter back. I don’t know about you, but I want to know everything that goes on in there, right? I’d pay for that.”
Kimmel then joked, “This ends with a police chase too, right? OJ style. Either that, or this will be the 37th crime he gets away with.”
“I’ll tell you now, there is no greater divide between anyone’s future than Donald Trump,” Kimmel said as he finished the bit. “In 2025, he could either be president again or trading cigarettes for face bronzer. You don’t know.”
Watch the whole monologue above. The Trump bit begins about a minute in.