Supporters rally behind Melania Trump after ‘disgusting attack’ from Jimmy Kimmel

April 8, 2018

Garnering over 120,000 engagements in a matter of days, a photo of Melania Trump is blazing through cyberspace, accompanied by a message asking Americans to share the image as a show of support to the embattled first lady.

The viral Facebook post is a response to an attack from the eponymous host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, who mocked Mrs. Trump’s accent during a recent screening of his late-night show.

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A Facebook page known as Conservative Comedy Today posted a complimentary image of the first lady standing confidently with crossed arms and smoldering eyes on Thursday. A reverse image search indicates that the photo is the official White House portrait of Melania Trump, first published in April 2017.

The Facebook fan page cited Kimmel’s “disgusting attack” and asked supporters to circulate the image as a symbol of solidarity with Trump — and they did not disappoint. The image was shared nearly 60,000 times as of Sunday, and earned over 100,000 comments.

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The post came in response to Monday’s demeaning roast of the first lady by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who made fun of the Slovenian-American’s eastern-European accent, which she showed when she read to children during an Easter celebration at the White House.

“Dees and dat,” Kimmel cruelly joked of Trump’s pronunciation of “this and that.” He then told his Hispanic co-host Guillermo Rodriguez that he, too, could be first lady — presumably because of his command of the English language.

The massive number of social media users who responded to Conservative Comedy Today’s post is an irrefutable measure of the outrage felt by Americans following the unprovoked jab. With nearly 100,000 post likes on a relatively small Facebook page, Kimmel may want to start drafting a statement of apology before the weekend is over.

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In addition to this symbolic gesture, an online petition was recently launched asking viewers to boycott Kimmel’s show. The request quickly surpassed a goal of 50,000 signatures, which “will be sent to the front door of Disney/ABC studios” in Burbank, California.

“We may not get him kicked off the air,” the petition reads. “But we can send a message that these attacks on our First Lady will NOT be tolerated!”

Kimmel may want to pick his fights more carefully in the future. The first lady speaks five languages, and her approval rating has hovered consistently at above 50 percent since she moved into the White House last summer.

Meanwhile, Kimmel’s show sits in third place behind late-night competitors Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, and he has barely mastered speaking his native language.


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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.