Jimmy Kimmel's tirade against GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his new health care bill reached a second night on Wednesday. Kimmel, whose son was born earlier this year with a serious heart condition, railed on Cassidy for lying "right to my face" on his show in May about protecting pre-existing conditions and other criteria—all promises Kimmel says are now at risk under the new bill. Cassidy hit back at Kimmel on Wednesday, noting, "I'm sorry he does not understand" the legislation and insisting his promises are intact. On Wednesday night, Kimmel kept the cycle going, jokingly saying he didn't want this to turn into a "Kanye and Taylor Swift type of situation" before laying into Cassidy, per the New York Times.
"He made a total about-face," Kimmel said. "Which means he either doesn't understand his own bill or he lied to me. It's as simple as that." He said Cassidy and bill co-sponsor Lindsey Graham spent Wednesday morning "defending the indefensible" on CNN, where they "pulled the 'all comedians are dummies' card"—which Kimmel pushed back on with a point-by-point list of his interpretation of the bill. Kimmel also took on conservative critics, including Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who labeled Kimmel a "Hollywood elite," per the AP. "I don't get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep," Kimmel said, noting his fight was for those without adequate health insurance. He also called Kilmeade a sycophant who is "dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite." For those keeping track at home, Politico and the Washington Post note Kimmel actually has a pretty good handle on the bill.