Jimmy Kimmel's Disclaimer For Trump's Speech Is Utterly On Target

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It's Day 17 of the US government shutdown, with Donald Trump refusing to budge on his demand of $5.7 billion to build his border wall, and about to make a prime-time address on the subject on Tuesday.

After Trump speaks, congressional Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), will be given time for their rebuttal, according to a CNN Tweet.

"I think evangelicals appreciate what he's doing", Falwell said. A wall. Who is going to pay for it?

ABC's George Stephanopoulos disputed Trump's claim that the U.S. -Mexico free trade agreement will essentially result in that country paying for the wall.

Then came his joke: "They should either reject him outright, or if he insists on speaking in prime time, make him do it as a contestant on 'The Masked Singer, '" referencing the new singing competition show on Fox.

Lindsey Graham joined Hannity to suggest Trump's stand represents the best chance to improve border security.

"But government statistics show much of the heroin actually comes not over the unguarded border but through ports of call."
Trump often issues video messages from the White House, but has been more gun-shy than other presidents to use the bully pulpit of the primetime address to whip support on a political issue.

He listed gruesome examples of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, including a "beheading and dismembering", and said he would "never forget the pain" of survivors he'd met.

"All the major networks covered his speech live, and for good reason", Jimmy Kimmel began.

Those that disagree with Trump were eager to see the Democratic response, which was broadcast on networks shortly after Trump's speech wrapped up.

She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government on the first day of the new Congress. Trump rejected that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.

The speech will take place at 9 p.m. ET, and with many networks set to air the address, people are calling for real-time fact checking and criticizing the news channels for giving Trump a platform.

For network executives, tradition and news judgment - the simple idea that this is "a presidential address from the Oval Office" - outweighed concerns about the content. "Otherwise, they're just passing on his lies unfiltered", Meyers said.

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