Politics

Kimmel: To Remove Racist Monuments, ‘Take Down Every Building With the Name Trump on It’

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel said that any removal of monuments to racists should include the removal of buildings with the name "Trump" on them.

Kimmel compared President Donald Trump's many branded properties to Confederate monuments during Thursday night's show. Kimmel used his opening monologue to take aim at Trump's handling of the Charlottesville riot.

"President Trump is having a historically bad week," Kimmel said, citing Trump's Charlottesville comments. He then read Trump's series of tweets defending Confederate statues.

"I do have to say, he makes one good point," Kimmel said. "If we’re going to start taking down every monument that pays tribute to racists, we should probably take down every building with the name ‘Trump' on it."

Trump said Thursday he was "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments." He also argued that America's founders could be in danger of having their monuments removed, calling such actions "so foolish."

Kimmel also mocked the idea that the Charlottesville's marchers were concerned primarily with the statues.

"I especially love how he's trying to pretend these white supremacists are a bunch of art lovers and historical preservationists," Kimmel joked, impersonating an imaginary Nazi who yelled about sculptures. Kimmel moved back to Trump's interest in the statues.

"I don't understand why he cares about these statues so much," Kimmel said. "Once this is over, he knows we're not building one for him, right?"

He also added that Vice President Mike Pence was getting closer to becoming the 46th president, implying Trump was in danger of impeachment.

"Mike Pence cut his trip to Central America short to come back to Washington with all this going on," Kimmel said. "He was in the White House today measuring the drapes."