On Wednesday night time, Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the 19th anniversary of his late-night program Jimmy Kimmel Live! by roasting former President Donald Trump.
“We discovered at the moment that Trump is perhaps within the tough money-wise. According to a brand new story by Forbes—and also you’re not gonna consider this—he might have exaggerated his wealth,” he mentioned throughout his monologue.
As Kimmel defined, “In 2020, Forbes estimated that Trump had about $93 million in money, which is attention-grabbing as a result of as just lately as 2015, he instructed Forbes he had $793 million in money—which might be only a rounding error of $700 million.” (Trump’s sharp decline in money might after all be as a result of pandemic, provided that his constellation of properties will need to have been hit significantly exhausting.)
But Trump, after all, has an extended historical past of mendacity about his private wealth—and was even caught on tape mendacity to a Forbes reporter in 1984 as a way to crack the Forbes 400 billionaires’ checklist. At the time Trump, posing as an aide named “John Barron,” argued that he was a billionaire, though his internet price on the time stood at $200 million.
For his half, Kimmel argued that there was no method a actual billionaire would don a tuxedo to seem in a Pizza Hut industrial hawking their new Stuffed Crust Pizza. “I haven’t dug by way of his financials personally, however right here’s the factor: An actual billionaire doesn’t play a billionaire in a Pizza Hut industrial,” Kimmel joked, “in the identical method the GEICO gecko isn’t actually an insurance coverage agent.”