CNN’s Matt Lewis: Kimmel’s Emotional Monologue About Baby Son Wasn’t the ‘Right Move’


Following a one-week absence from television, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel returned to the air last night and delivered an emotional monologue explaining where he had been. Breaking down at times, Kimmel explained that his baby son needed heart surgery and went on to plead with President Donald Trump and Washington not to get rid of pre-existing conditions in health care. “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” he stated.

During a panel discussion this evening, CNN political commentator Matt Lewis took what could kindly be labeled as the unpopular position of criticizing Kimmel’s widely applauded remarks.

“I completely understand where Jimmy Kimmel is coming from, the passion I think is sincere,” Lewis noted. “I don’t think that this is the right move for him to do — to politicize this. This is a guy who is incredibly rich, of course. He is not going to have a problem.”

After fellow panelist Ryan Lizza jumped in, stating that Kimmel was making a “moral point,” Lewis sarcastically commented that that’s the reason he tunes into Kimmel’s show.

With the panel jumping into a larger conversation about health care, with Lewis explaining that even if a bunch of people lose insurance under the GOP plan they can still get help in emergency rooms, the conservative commentator then said the concern over pre-existing conditions seemed to be overblown.

“Republicans are trying to fix this and bring premiums down,” Lewis said. “I think this is sort of scaremongering.”

He added that he doesn’t think the Republican plan gets rid of pre-existing conditions but it is possible that it will price some people out.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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