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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t like Republicans, and especially not the current Republican President Donald Trump. He’s taken no issue with the fact that he’s lost viewers due to his frequent monologues spewing outright contempt for the GOP and Trump. This is his prerogative as an adult, but he’s apparently also fine with dragging little kids into his political schtick.

Kimmel also used his infant son’s congenital heart defect to help derail the GOP’s Obamacare reform on his show.

In many iterations of Kimmel’s shows, he’s used “man on the street” interviews to embarrass anonymous passersby by asking them about various topics, from thoughts on Obamacare to asking if interviewees had voted when elections weren’t being held in California that day.

In this episode, however, Kimmel‘s team asks little kids how they think Donald Trump is doing as president.

Of course, there’s only one child at the beginning who has anything nice to say about the President, but it doesn’t last long as the interviewer continues to coax the kid until he says something that contradicts what he originally said.

Kimmel sparked controversy in 2013 when he used kids to talk about the government debt and shutdown in which one child said we should kill “all the people in China” to solve the debt crisis.

Indeed, kids are known for saying the darndest things but scrolling through pages of an internet search offers nothing as an example of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show asking kids how they thought President Obama was doing when he was in office.

One can be sure, however, that if he had, the answers would’ve been largely favorable. Kids, hopefully, aren’t paying attention to politics. A typical child’s understanding of “a leader” or president is mostly derived from the cartoons they watch and the books they read, if they think about it at all. So if a child seems to have a strong opinion on a president, they almost certainly got it from their parents.

There’s plenty of time for them to worry about politics as teens, or as is more likely, their 20s and 30s. Adults know how shortlived childhood is. We shouldn’t be pushing them into our own politics no matter how much our┬áleaders are liked or loathed.

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