UPDATE: Behold Kimmel's non-apology, and Sen. Ted Cruz's response.
it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth. https://t.co/hI9cO4lxcX— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 8, 2020
Jimmy Kimmel is so bent on catching the Trump administration in embarrassing PR stunts, that he's now manufacturing them. His team released a new video on Friday that showed Vice President Mike Pence joking about wanting to carry empty boxes of PPE into a clinic "for the cameras." Kimmel told his audience that it was just all a big PR stunt.
"A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing," Kimmel shared on Twitter, before deleting it.
Some other liberals on social media also posted Kimmel's deceptively edited video of Pence delivering the PPE.
Mike Pence caught on hot mic delivering empty boxes of PPE for a PR stunt. pic.twitter.com/IduvGhiPwj— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 8, 2020
Of course, as always, there's a longer, unedited version of the story. If you play more of the footage, you see that Pence was clearly making a joke and it even got a rise out of the health care workers. He wasn't serious about the camera stunt and immediately moved the dolly out of the way and closed the car door and moves on to other work.
See the "non-kimmelized version" below.
Wow. Kimmel team completely *doctored* their video https://t.co/jne1D8gxSK— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 8, 2020
But we know which narrative the media will run with.
A small sampling of media people and Democrats pushing Jimmy Kimmel's deceptively edited video of Mike Pence delivering PPE. pic.twitter.com/GGUTL8JkyV— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 8, 2020
Many agree that Vice President Mike Pence has been a formidable anchor for the White House coronavirus task force, delivering daily updates with calm and poise. He's met with health care workers and lawmakers all across the country, yet all we'll be hearing about for weeks is this doctored video and he didn't wear that dang mask.
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